Metis Nation of Alberta Life Promotion Guide: Weaving together Metis knowledge and practice

This life promotion guide is meant to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of programming that connects young people to life. While this guide is designed specifically to support programs offered by the  Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), this guide may support others wishing to promote life, including community members or other stakeholders. This guide […]

Systematic review and meta-analysis: First Nations, Inuit, and Metis youth mental health

Objective The ongoing effects of colonialism disproportionately place Indigenous youth at risk for mental health challenges. This meta-analysis examined lifetime and past-year prevalence estimates of mental health challenges among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth in Canada. Method Five electronic databases were searched from their inceptions until June 17, 2021. Studies were included if they […]

Exploring Métis health, spirituality and well-being: a patient-oriented community-based qualitative study with the Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3

Background: There is a lack of Métis-guided participatory research on factors that contribute to individual, family and community well-being, such as developing social support and engaging in cultural, social and historical processes for healing and health. The purpose of this study was to explore links among health, spirituality and well-being within the Métis Nation of Alberta […]

Indigenous writes: A guide to First Nations, Metis & Inuit issues in Canada

In Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel, legal scholar, teacher, and intellectual, opens an important dialogue about these (and more) concepts and the wider social beliefs associated with the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. In 31 essays, Chelsea explores the Indigenous experience from the time of contact to the present, through five categories—Terminology of Relationships; Culture and […]

Mental health interventions for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples in Canada: A systematic review

Higher rates of anxiety, depression, and attempted suicide are reported among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people compared with non-Indigenous people in Canada. This systematic review summarises the key components of mental health interventions among Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We searched MEDLINE, PubMed, PsycINFO, and Web of Science between January 1,1970, and August 30, 2019. […]

Guide to Indigenous organizations and services in Alberta

Listing of First Nation, Metis and Aboriginal organizations and services in Alberta. Also included are national and umbrella organizations with offices located elsewhere. Listings are restricted to not-for-profit organizations and services.

From the ashes: My story of being Metis, homeless, and finding my way

From the Ashes is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers, cut off from all they had known. Eventually the […]

Long-term depression and suicidal ideation outcomes subsequent to emancipation from foster care: Pathways to psychiatric risk in the Metis population

Major depressive episode (MDE) and suicidal ideation (SI) associated with history of foster care placement (HxFCP), and mediating effects of psychosocial and socioeconomic factors through which placement may confer psychiatric risks in the years subsequent to emancipation were examined in a national sample of 7534 Métis. More than one third of emancipated respondents reported past […]

Indigenous peoples atlas of Canada = Atlas des peuples autochtones du Canada

Indigenous perspectives, much older than the nation itself, shared through maps, artwork, history and culture. [v.1]. [Without special title] — [v.2]. First Nations — [v.3]. Inuit — [v.4]. Metis — Includes detailed Reference maps, a section on Truth and Reconciliation and a Glossary.

Past-year suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Metis and Inuit adults aged 18-25: Prevalence and associated characteristics.

For decades, researchers have reported high suicide rates among Aboriginal youth, which are several times higher than rates among non-Aboriginal youth. Based on the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, this article presents estimates of prevalence of suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults aged 18 to 25. It examines associations between past-year suicidal thoughts […]

Birth outcomes among First Nations, Inuit and Metis populations.

A systematic review and meta-analyses of birth outcomes among Indigenous women (predominantly from Canada, the United States and Australia) outlined factors associated with the higher risk: reduced access to standard prenatal care; inaccurate estimation of gestational age and subsequent complications of post-term pregnancies; pre-existing medical conditions; high rates of multiparity; young maternal age; marital status; […]

Many hands one dream: Principles for a new perspective on the health of First Nations, Inuit and Metis children and youth.

Many Hands, One Dream: New perspectives on the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth was a gathering that marked the collaborative efforts of 11 national organizations engaging a wider community to help define child health, acknowledge the barriers and strengths of the current health system, and to articulate what a desirable future […]

Our next generation: Moving towards a surveillance and prevention framework for youth suicide in Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis populations.

Suicide is a concern for many Indigenous communities in Canada. Suicide rates in Canada have decreased but rates in Saskatchewan remain above the national average. In northern Saskatchewan, where First Nations and Métis people make up 85% of the population, suicide rates are well above the national rate. The majority of reported suicides in this […]

Lifetime and past-year suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Metis and Inuit adults, aged 18 years and over, Canada, 2012.

Suicide rates are significantly higher among First Nations, Métis and Inuit than among the non-Aboriginal population, particularly for younger age groups. Suicidal thoughts, which precede suicide attempts and completions, have been reported to be higher in some Aboriginal groups compared to the non-Aboriginal population. This factsheet presents prevalence of lifetime and past-year suicidal thoughts among […]

Indigenous writes: A guide to First Nations, Metis & Inuit issues in Canada.

Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel initiates myriad conversations about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. An advocate for Indigenous worldviews, the author discusses the fundamental issues—the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties—along with wider social beliefs about these issues. She answers the questions that many people […]

Lifetime suicidal thoughts among First Nations living off reserve, Metis and Inuit aged 26-59: Prevalence and associated characteristics.

Suicide rates among Aboriginal peoples in Canada are several times higher than rates among the non-Aboriginal population. Based on data from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, this article presents prevalence estimates of suicidal thoughts among First Nations living off reserve, MŽtis and Inuit aged 26 to 59. It examines associations between suicidal thoughts and mental […]

In the words of our ancestors: Metis health and healing.


The secret of your name: proud to be Metis. Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen: aen kishchitaymook aen li michif Iwik.

The text is bilingual again, in English (or French) and Michif, the MŽtis language.

Blackfoot and First Nations Metis and Inuit protocol handbook.