The Last Metis | A Cultural Documentary In The Making
by Joseph James Mckay
(Banff, AB, Canada)
Training on the river 2014
I am a Metis from Canada. I was raised in a bit more of a traditional style mostly by my grandparents. I feel I have been distanced from my native heritage over the last three decades.
As I watch my children grow up I realize that if I don't do something I will be the last true Metis in my family as the kids are being raised as white collar Urban native in the tourist town of Banff, Alberta, Canada.
My plan for this documentary is to canoe from our home in the Canadian Rockies to Montreal QC Via the lower fur trade route.
My two children will accompany me from Calgary AB to Winnipeg MB visiting the homesteads of their grandparents whose blood, sweat and tears are buried in this land for over 300 years. In the process learn about the Metis culture and their contribution to the peaceful settlement of what is now the Canadian west.
Could use help in fund raising and writing.
Canoeing, risk management and film recording I have covered.