Culture & Events


  • The Office is Closed for Victoria Day


    The May Long Weekend is here! In recognition of Victoria Day on Monday, May 20, 2024, our office will be closed to allow our dedicated team to make cherished memories with their loved ones and get some well-deserved rest.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Wishing you all a fantastic long kisipipayรด oฤทรฎsiฤทรขw (weekend), filled with joy, laughter, and quality time with those who matter most!

    Thank you for being a wonderful part of our community. See you when we’re back to our regular hours!

Traditional Plant Walk

๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ŸŒฑ

The Otipemisiwak Mรฉtis Governmentโ€™s Environment and Climate Change Department is pleased to bring another Traditional Plant Walk to our District again!

Embark on a guided walk with Mรฉtis cultural educator Natalie Pepin and learn about traditionally utilized plants. Gain a deeper understanding of the plants around us, their cultural significance, and how they can help us.

๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป-๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ. Check your calendar to see if you can attend! You can learn more and REGISTER below:

๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—”๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€: The event consists of sitting and walking, please bring a portable chair/lawn chair and a reusable water bottle or mug. Extra water will be available.

The event is family-friendly, three hours long, and includes a lot of listening; please consider if this event is a fit for your family to attend.

  • ๐ƒ๐€๐“๐„: Sunday, June 09, 2024
  • ๐—ง๐—œ๐— ๐—˜: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: To be determined

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

๐ŸŒŸ ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜: ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ฃ๐—— ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ! ๐ŸŒŸ

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 21, 2024! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽถ

Join us for a day filled with drumming, dancers, celebrations, kids’ games, and a craft table! It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Indigenous culture, traditions, and history, while having a lot of fun with the whole family. ๐Ÿชถ

Follow our social media channels for more information and updates! We can’t wait to celebrate with you all!

June 21 Mรฉtis Day Celebrations

Every June 21, we celebrate Mรฉtis Day during National Indigenous Peoples Day. This event includes traditional games, prizes, and fun for all ages.

Youth Culture Camp

๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต ๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ hosted by Mรฉtis District 21, happening from July 29 to August 02, 2024! ๐ŸŽ‰

Our camp promises an enriching experience filled with cultural activities, learning sessions, and fun adventures. ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€, ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป. Make sure to follow our social media channels for all the latest updates!

November Mรฉtis Week

For one week every November, we join Mรฉtis across the nation in sharing and celebrating our culture. We work with the Town of Slave Lake to raise our flag for the month of November, host activities including an annual Open House with a Stew & Bannock luncheon, host a free Family Dinner in partnership with the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, and invite guests such as the Edmonton Mรฉtis Dancers.

During this week, our active Elders enjoy the Annual Mรฉtis Youth & Seniors Gatherings both locally and in Ottawa. In 2020, our Nation Elder Herb Anderson contributed to the second Tri-Council meeting in Ottawa.

Louis Riel Day

For one week every November, we join Mรฉtis across the nation in sharing and celebrating Louis Riel Day is held every year on November 16 across the Mรฉtis homelands. November 16 is the anniversary of Rielโ€™s execution in 1885. During that year, Riel led Mรฉtis people in the Northwest Resistance, which was a stand against the Government of Canada because it was encroaching on Metis rights and our way-of-life. The Mรฉtis were defeated at the siege of Batoche and the Canadian government captured Riel. He was eventually put on trial where he was convicted of treason and executed. As a result, Mรฉtis people across Canada were labeled as traitors and for generations many felt the need to hide their Mรฉtis culture and heritage. Despite this oppression, many Mรฉtis people found a way to preserve their way-of-life and passed it on to current generations. Today, the strength of the Mรฉtis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is a testament to the courage of our ancestors.

For children, youth, adults, parents, and elders, we celebrate any opportunity to teach and explore our unique Mรฉtis culture.

We teach pride, traditional knowledge, jigging, beading, hunting, fishing, trapping, locating and harvesting medicines, bush survival skills, and important honours like the Order of the Sash for our High School students when they graduate.



Mรฉtis Homemade Raisin Pudding

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1. In a pot combine 2 cups of water, rice, and salt.

2. Cook for up to 20 mins on medium heat till water is dissolved.

3. Add sugar, milk, raisins and cinnamon.

4. Cover with lid on a lower setting than medium. (Careful not to boil)

5. Cook for up to 20 mins. Till it is thicker.

6. Mix cream, egg, vanilla extract, and butter in a separate bowl then add the pot and stir

7. Remove from heat and allow to cool off for a few mins.