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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Metis Story Telling

History & heritage Indigenous Nature & outdoors Storytelling
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McClelland Lake

Fort McKay, AB

Directions: VEHICLE WITH 4x4 REQUIRED or prearranged transportation. Drive Highway 63 North, past Fort McKay, past Civeo McClelland Lake Lodge until you see a stop sign with a license plate. At the license plate, turn right. Drive straight until you reach a pond and turn left. Drive straight until you reach a Y in the road (on the left) and take the left and keep right. Follow the road down and turn left. Follow the path to camp. You may contact Melanie Heroux at 780-799-3866 for clarification on directions or transportation arrangements. 57 30'37.57 N 111 21'16.44 W.



Offered in English, Cree, and Dene.


Storytelling is an important way to transfer knowledge among members and is imperative to maintain and teach traditional language. Virtually every Fort McKay Metis member has strong memories of Elders or family members telling stories.

The Metis story telling tradition is founded in both First Nation oral tradition as well as French and Scottish tradition of storytelling. Fort McKay Metis members who were good story tellers were respected and important members of the community.

Delivery of this event will be tied into the Fort McKay Metis Cultural Camp/Harvest which aims to bring every aspect of the community closer together to engage and retain cultural knowledge of the Metis people.

The camp/harvest and storytelling event is open to visitors to come and experience the activities.



Fort McKay Metis Nation

The Fort McKay Metis are members of the Fort McKay Metis Community which is located in the heart of the oil sands, approximately 60 kilometers north of Fort McMurray. The growing and diverse membership is represented by the Fort McKay Metis Nation, a not-for-profit society incorporated in 2012 under the Alberta Societies Act. Fort McKay Metis Community is made up of the historic Metis community that originally provided labour to the fur trade in the Athabasca region in the early nineteenth century. The membership of the FMMN includes over 120 Metis members. FMMCA represents its members in government relations, industry engagements, community sustainability, agreement negotiations, community events, cultural programs, workshops as well as providing social and housing services.