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Introduction

The Métis Nation emerged from the union of voyageurs of European descent and Native women during the fur-trading era in Western Canada. Their way of life was based on two economic activities: hunting bison and the fur trade. Although there was little leisure time, many Métis sports and games of skill developed out of everyday survival skills.

This Learning Collection is based on the Virtual Museum of Canada exhibit, Living Traditions. Learn about the spirit and diversity of Indigenous culture and heritage. Join seven museums from across the continent in honouring the North American Indigenous Games by exploring the traditions and histories of sporting events and games of yesterday and today.

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