The French River Metis are descendants of the Woodland Metis who lived in the French River Area. Our members come from the villages of Noelville, St-Charles, Alban, Monetville, Markstay, Hagar, Warren and surrounding areas.
The French River Metis are affiliated with OCAP (Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal People) and are associated with other neighbouring communities such as West Nipissing Metis.
Even though our French-Canadian roots run deep, and we carry on many of these traditions, we also enjoy practicing some of the Ceremonials and Spirituality of our aboriginal heritage. From our First Nations relatives, we incorporate the medecine wheel, tobacco offerings, the eagle feather, smudging, the sacred fire and many other traditions.
Our ancestors lived in the area for generations. Gatherings and social get-togethers were part of their lives. In order to follow in their footsteps, we held our first annual summer Rendez-Vous in Noelville (Joe Chartrand Park) in August 2005 and this has since become an annual event. This provides us with the chance to get together with other members but primarily to bring our family and friends together in a celebration of life, and to teach our children some of the traditional ways. In true Metis fashion, visitors are always welcome.
History created by: Ruth Gauthier