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UVic documentary celebrates resilient spirit of Métis nation – UVic News

November 14, 2023

The University of Victoria Libraries is adding a new documentary about contemporary Métis voices speaking their truth to the library collection.

Acclaimed filmmaker and UVic Associate Professor Emerita (Gender Studies) Christine Welsh and Executive Producer Jeannine Carrière (UVic School of Social Work, Indigenous Specializations) teamed up with co-directors Madeline Ell and Gregory Coyes to create Lii Michif Niiyanaan: We Are Métis—a love letter to the courage, determination and resilient spirit of the Métis nation.

The Métis are often referred to as Canada’s “invisible people” or the “ghosts of the land,” whose stories haunt the country’s collective unconscious. Lii Michif Niiyanaan: We Are Métis is a one-hour documentary that addresses this invisibility by shining a new light on the historical and contemporary experience of Métis people in Canada and providing a space for Métis people to share their diverse perspectives on what it means to be Métis today.

“We wanted to make a film that’s celebratory of who we are as Métis people, but that also challenges Canadians to look past what they think they know about us and to see us as a vibrant, essential and enduring part of our national story.”

– Christine Welsh, filmmaker and UVic Associate Professor Emerita (Gender Studies)

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