Exhibition | "Hiding in Plain Sight: the Métis Nation"
The Métis Nation, the second largest of three Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, traces its descent of mixed ancestry from First Nations and Europeans involved in the fur trade. The Métis emerged as a distinct people or nation in the historic Northwest during the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Métis Nation is an internationally recognized Indigenous People with constitutionally protected Aboriginal rights. The Métis, as the Founders of the province of Manitoba and Canada's negotiating partners in Confederation, continue to play an important role in Canada’s development.
Library and Archives Canada has a wide variety of archival documents pertaining to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings. Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis in the Collection of Library and Archives Canada is a travelling exhibition that presents a selection of photographs with Métis content.