What is Michif?
Michif is the term used to describe the distinctive language of Métis.
In Canada, Michif is spoken by Métis in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and in the South Slave region of the Northwest Territories. The highest numbers of Michif speakers are found in the Prairies.
Métis are one of the Indigenous Peoples of the land called Canada. Métis have the right and responsibility to reclaim, maintain, and strengthen Métis language and culture.
Rupertsland Institute (RLI) holds a triple mandate for Métis Education, Training, and Research in Alberta. As such, RLI intends to reclaim, maintain, and strengthen Métis language, culture, and identity effectively and efficiently.
June 21, 2019:
Rupertsland Institute announces the integration of Michif Revitalization into the Education Division. The integration was made possible through the conditional grant funding provided by Alberta Education's Indigenous Languages in Education (ILE) Grant Program.
Rupertsland Institute's Michif Revitalization Mission: to utilize the Alberta Education system in ways which are meaningful, purposeful, and life-giving for Métis People, by (re)generating lifelong learning Métis education resources, post-secondary training opportunities, and learning spaces designed for learners who will be consistently accountable to:
Participate and achieve in the reclamation, maintenance, and strengthening of language and culture
Participate and achieve education system objectives
Métis Nation of Alberta
A strong Métis Nation embracing Métis rights.
RLI is a direct affiliate of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA). As such, the Michif Revitalization Mission is consistent with the MNA Vision. The Mission is oriented toward achieving the MNA's Objectives.
A skilled and knowledgeable, self-reliant Métis Nation
The Michif Revitalization Department is within the Education Division at RLI. As such, the Michif Revitalization Mission operates directly under the RLI Vision. The Mission is oriented toward achieving RLI’s key Education goals.