Gabriel Dumont Institue

GDI 40th Anniversary

Celebrating Métis Culture & Education




For two-days, February 7 & 8, 2020, some of the best, brightest, and most-talented Métis in Canada will host workshops, discussions, and keynote addresses at the GDI Culture Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration.


Swessions include small interactive workshops on Métis embroidery, jigging, Métis beadwork, sash finger-weaving, Métis ribbon skirts, genealogy, square dance, song writing, fiddling, memoir writing, and Indigenous plants. Also hear the latest from pre-eminent Métis researchers and scholars, learn about homelessness from a Métis perspective, access new Michif resources, or make a model Red River cart. There are so many cultural and education sessions to choose from you’ll wish you could attend them all.


Keynote addresses include renowned Métis author, playwright, and Elder, Maria Campbell who will share her inspiring message with attendees, as well as Jesse Thistle, the best-selling author of From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, who will share his incredible story of overcoming homelessness and finding his way back to his Métis culture through education.


The conference includes a celebration of GDI’s 40th Anniversary (1980-2020). A gala evening complete with banquet and entertainment will pay homage to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Métis with the Order of Gabriel Dumont silver and gold medal awards. A special student banquet (February 6th) will honour GDI student leaders with Order of Gabriel Dumont bronze medals.  See full schedule here.


The conference will accommodate 320 attendees and is expected to sell out quickly. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Saskatoon Inn


The Métis culture conference and GDI 40thanniversary is a time to celebrate Métis culture, our accomplishments, and our future successes. See you there!


Gabriel Dumont Institue

GDI is a Saskatchewan-based educational, employment and cultural institute serving Métis across the province

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