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Nations and Communities

Indigenous cultures are rich with history, knowledge and many belief systems which can be unique to each Nation. Although there are many Nations throughout the land, most communities within Treaty Six territory (specifically around the Edmonton region) are Plains Cree, Nakota, and Anishinaabe.

Cree Nations

Michif

Michif is the language spoken exclusively by the Métis, dating back to the days of the Red River Settlement in Manitoba. The Michif language is a combination of French and Cree and is still spoken by Métis Peoples of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories.

Although there are not many Métis settlements around the Devon-Edmonton area, communities such as St. Albert and Beaumont have a high Métis population. The Métis played a pivotal role in the development of St. Albert, as many of the first agricultural settlements were performed by the Métis.

Click here to learn more about the Métis Nation of Alberta

Visiting a Community

Some Canadians still believe that they cannot enter a reserve or attend a cultural event unless they are Indigenous. This is not true, as everyone is welcome to cultural events and celebrations unless the community specifically holds an event for its members. The best way to meet new people and learn about a community and/or culture is by visiting. Pow-wows and other cultural events are held throughout the year in many communities which provide great opportunities to learn about and experience Indigenous cultures.

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