The Metis Culture & Heritage Resource Centre was incorporated in the fall of 1996 as a non- profit, charitable organization working towards the preservation and restoration of Metis history, culture, and Metis genealogy. Through these ten Michif Language Lessons the Metis Resource Centre will attempt to provide basic conversational language lessons for those who want to have an interactive experience of the spoken and written language. Due to the many regional and cultural dialects, this language is not "written in stone" although there is on-going work being done for the preservation of our Michif language.
About Our Michif Language Instructor:
I am a Metis woman from Camperville, Manitoba. I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I am very concerned that the oral language of Michif from our area will become extinct before it is in written form. The course I took at Red River College on the double vowel aboriginal writing system has encouraged me to translate that system into the Michif language spoken in my area.
The Michif language lessons are dedicated to my parents and grandparents:
|Peter Flamand - 1886||Anne Fagnan - 1905|
|Joseph Flamand - 1860||Agath Fleury - 1862|
|Joseph Fagnan - 1883||Cathrine Chartrand - 1882|
All of who have influenced the Michif language of French, Plains Cree and Ojibwe that I speak.
Michif Language Instructor