List of Métis people

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This is a partial list of Canadians who are of Métis descent.

Prominent Métis[edit]


Louis Riel. c.1884
  • Howard Adams, Métis activist, author and leader
  • Pierre Bottineau, Minnesota frontiersman, surveyor, diplomat and translator
  • Michel "Mitch" Bouyer, Métis of French Canadian and Sioux ancestry; interpreter and guide in the Old West; lead scout with the US Seventh Cavalry; died along with Lt.Col. George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876
  • James P. Brady, Métis politician and activist
  • Pierre Delorme, Métis politician and activist. Elected as a Member of Parliament in 1871, defeated in 1874 and re-elected in 1878.[1]
  • Gabriel Dumont, Métis military leader during the North-West Rebellion
  • Cuthbert Grant, Métis political and military leader
  • John Norquay, Métis politician, Premier of Manitoba from 1878 to 1887
  • Malcolm Norris, Métis politician and activist. Norriswas a founder and the first vice-president of the first Alberta Métis organization (1932) called the Association des Métis d’Alberta et des Territories du Nord-Ouest (Alberta Métis Association). In 1964, he headed the Métis Association of Northern Saskatchewan.
  • Louis Riel, Métis leader who led the Red River Rebellion in 1869 - 1870, the provisional government of Rupert's Land, Manitoba's entry into Confederation in 1870; later led the North-West Rebellion in 1885[2] Riel was elected three times to the House of Commons for Provencher riding; first in the general election of 1873, the government subsequently resigned over the Pacific Scandal in November 1873. Riel was reelected in February 1874, then expelled, then ran in the subsequent by-election, was reelected and expelled again.[3]


  • Douglas Cardinal, architect; of Métis and Blackfoot ancestry. He designed the Museum of Canadian History and did the building designs for the Oujé-Bougoumou community of the James Bay Cree. This work won the “We the People” United Nations Community Award. [4]

Artists and writers[edit]

George R. D. Goulet, 2007 (shown carrying the Métis flag) and leading the Grand Entry at the Red River West celebration
  • Keith Barker, playwright
  • Sandra Birdsell, daughter of a Métis man and a Russian Mennonite woman; based her award-winning novel Children of the Day in part on her parents' experiences in Manitoba in the 1920s to 1950s
  • Robert Boyer (1948–2004); Métis Cree artist, best known for his politically charged "Blanket Statements" series of paintings[5]
  • Alec Butler[6]
  • Maria Campbell, Métis writer and filmmaker; born in northern Saskatchewan in 1940; brought the struggles of modern-day Métis and Aboriginal people to the public through her breakthrough book, Halfbreed (1973), and the collaborative play, Jessica (1982); captured the sound and song of traditional stories through her work in dialect, Stories of the Road Allowance People (1996)[7]
  • Cherie Dimaline, writer, was awarded the Anskohk Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2013.
  • George R. D. Goulet, best-selling Métis author; books include The Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied, The Metis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, and The Métis in British Columbia: From Fur Trade Outposts to Colony
  • Robert Lagassé,(born 1951)Red River Métis sculptor, curator, museologist
  • Dylan Miner, Métis printmaker, writer and conceptual artist[8]
  • Beatrice Mosionier is the author of In Search of April Raintree (1983) and the former Managing Editor of Pemmican Publications Inc.
  • Rick Rivet (born 1949), painter
  • Gregory Scofield, acclaimed poet, beadwork artist, dramatist, non-fiction writer, activist and educator[9]
  • Katherena Vermette, writer
  • Christine Welsh, documentary filmmaker and academic


Politicians, activists, lawyers, physicians and judges[edit]

  • Rod Bruinooge, Métis; Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South (Conservative Party of Canada); Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs & Northern Development; Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians from 2005 until the fall of 2008
  • Trevor Spencer, Métis Cree; political writer and commentator from British Columbia. Also has served as the Official Delegate for the Korean Friendship Association in Canada since 2017.
  • Thelma J Chalifoux, Metis; community activist; First Aboriginal Woman appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 26, 1997, established Michif Cultural and Resource Institute,[10]
  • Todd Ducharme, Métis; appointed as a judge in 2004 of the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice.
  • Shelly Glover, Métis; Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface (Conservative Party of Canada); Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages
  • Carole James, former British Columbia New Democratic Party leader; of partial Métis ancestry
  • Derrick O'Keefe, editor; Canadian anti-war movement leader; of partial Métis ancestry, and has Métis membership


Sharon Bruneau, a Canadian champion bodybuilder


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barkwell, Lawrence.
  2. ^ Reasonable doubts may be raised about whether either of these events was a rebellion. For example, the actions considered rebellious in 1869 were undertaken by Riel as the leader of a government recognized by Canada as in legitimate control of territory that did not belong to Canada; Canada negotiated the Manitoba Act with this government. After these "rebellions", land speculators and other non-Métis effectively deprived the Métis of land by exploiting a government program for its purchase, with the government perhaps turning a blind eye. The province of Alberta distributed land to Métis in 1938 to correct what it believed to be an inequity, but Saskatchewan and Manitoba have not followed Alberta's lead.
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  5. ^ Jacoby-Smith, Jennifer. "The Painterly Life of Bob Boyer." University of Saskatchewan: Green and White. Winter 2005 (retrieved 23 November 2009)
  6. ^ Gloria Kim, "Why be just one sex?" Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Maclean's, September 8, 2005.
  8. ^ "Membership." Archived 2006-04-20 at the Wayback Machine Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. (retrieved 13 February 2010)
  9. ^ Barkwell, Lawrence.
  10. ^