You are invited to attend a familiarization event for members of the Tourism community.

Date: August 24, 2023 - 10:30am

Location: Experience Metis Culture Camp (Highfield Regenerative Farms), 1920 Highfield Crescent SE Calgary - Click for Map

Tour Agenda:

10:30am - Welcome & Introductions

11:00am - Arts & Crafts Demos:

  • Metis Sash Loom weaving

  • Metis Rosary Making

  • Fish scale Flower Art

11:30am - Traditions in Land Stewardship: Forest Plantwalk Tour

12:00pm - Camp cooking demonstration, Sample delicacies

12:45pm - Wrap up

Experience Metis Inc. Familiarization Tour

Meet Our Culture Keepers

Amy Barton

Taanishi, Amy Barton nisihkâson. I live in MNA region 3. I'm a Mother of 3, and an Advanced Care Paramedic. I'm committed to life-long learning and sharing my Metis history and culture. Permaculture design, Metis life-ways and the teachings of the medicine wheel are important value systems in my family's lives. Growing food is my passion! I want to build healthy resiliency and sustainability for my family, community, and myself. I have extensive experience in End of Life Care, am a fish scale artist and currently gathering knowledge to become a traditional hide tanner. Kalyn Kodiak has been a mentor and guide, sharing her knowledge of traditional plant medicine with me- and I am forever grateful. I want to honor my parents Terry and Sheila for their life long teachings, as well as my cherished friend, spiritual guide, and teacher Yvonne Jobin, who continues to amaze me with her knowledge.

Hailey Lambert

Tansaii My name is Hailey! I was born, raised, and still reside here in Calgary, MNA region 3. I come from a rich Metis heritage, which I am so very honored and proud of. I feel responsible and passionate about spreading awareness to others about the beauty, and preserving our traditions, of our Metis Culture. I am so grateful to be apart of this team, working with the youth is always a blast, it's important for our children to know where they come from. I would also like to thank the mentors and elders in my life who have given me the knowledge and stories to continue to pass on to generations.

rebecca lavaelle

My name is Rebecca Lavallee, I am 22 years old and a proud Métis women. I was born and raised in Lac La Biche Alberta, Region 1, and I now live in Calgary Alberta, Region 3. I have always been connected to my Métis culture and understand the importance of being a part of our community. I have worked as an advocate and representative for Métis youth to ensure their voices are being heard, and now as a cultural teacher. I love to listen and share all the things I continue to learn about what it is to be Métis

I have had my vulnerable sector and a criminal record check done recently. I also have just done and received my standard first aid. Currently I don’t know any within Calgary but I can reach out and see.

Kalyn Kodiak

Oki, danitada, tansi - Kalyn ni sekason. I am a Metis herbalist, plant medicine culture keeper, and sash weaver (aapikayhk sayncheur flayshii).

My family are the Delorme-Smiths of Pincher Creek, and the Parfitt/Byrnes of Lethbridge. I grew up on the dry prairies of Southern Alberta leaning into chinooks, swimming in the Old Man River and tobogganing the coulee slopes.

Since 2012 I've operated Kodiak Herbal Metis Culture, sharing traditions in plant medicine with clients & students across Western Canada. It's a blessing to be part of Experience Metis Inc., and an honor to practice culture with so many families, youth and elders in the Alberta Metis community.