Feb 4, 2021
The winter edition of The New Nation: La noovel naasyoon magazine is now available online. Published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI); the quarterly magazine promotes Métis culture, highlights GDI’s programs and successes, and showcases good-news stories of Métis across the province.
The cover of the winter edition features a painting titled “school house during winter storm,” by Métis artist Armand Paquette. The painting depicts early life in and around Batoche when the mail was delivered by horseback and when Saskatchewan’s harsh winters challenged its inhabitants who did not have the warmer clothing and homes we have today. Armand has portrayed Métis history and culture in a number of paintings and his work has become a part of the Back to Batoche interactive website.
The contents of this issue include several stories about the remarkable accomplishments of Métis from across the province, including Elder Nora Cummings, who was recently awarded a YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Michela Carrière, whose business, Aski Holistic Adventures, won a 2020 Tourism Saskatchewan Award of Excellence and Kimberly Parent, owner-operator of Saskatoon Salsa Dance Company and recipient of the 2020 SABEX Entrepreneur of the Year Award. You can also find interesting Métis history highlighted in articles about the first Métis Physician in Saskatchewan, a 1953 Métis Jazz Band, and the origin of Saskatoon’s 1889 Métis name “Bois de Flèche.”
Many culture-focused articles and information on Michif resources are also included in the winter edition.GDI is pleased to provide free access to the magazine on the Virtual Museum for Métis History and Culture www.metismuseum.ca/newnation. A limited print run will also be available.