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Young and Metis

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What does it mean to be a Métis youth? Métis youth face the same challenges and obstacles as Aboriginal youth, but do not have access to the same benefits that status Aboriginal youth have. In addition to the challenges of racism, health, and education issues; the Métis youth face the lateral oppression of other Aboriginal Peoples. There are Métis organizations that are working towards improving access to services and education for Métis youth. There are also schools such as the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatchewan where a student can learn the Red River jig and the Michif language for university credits. There are many organizations and schools to help Métis youth with the struggle of identity, but are they doing the job? This program will take a look at the pride that some young Métis role models feel in their culture and who have found a strong sense of identity despite government and society pressures. We will also examine the issues of identity crisis that the Métis face and how various youth approach the question of what it means to be young and Métis.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2004 Closed Captioned Length: 25 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 6 - 12
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Subjects:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business and Marketing
  • Canadian History
  • Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape