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Métis Vest Workshop

Learn how to create a traditional Métis melton vest with a variety of decorative options.

Learn how to create a traditional Métis melton vest.

  • 2 days
  • 116.00 - 145.00
  • Groups of up to 15

Our knowledge keeper and traditional teacher will guide you through the process of cutting, sewing and decorating your vest with beadwork, hair tufting, applique, ribbon work, or embroidery. The simple style of the vest allows the artwork to take center stage.

Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience in sewing, this workshop is for you!

What's included

All materials required for the workshop will be supplied.


Day one: April 13, 2024, 11am – 4pm
Day two: April 14, 2024, 10am – 3pm

Location: MC CGC/Red Barn at Métis  Crossing 

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About your instructor: Knowledge Holder, Lilyrose Meyers

I am a kokum that is very proud of her Métis heritage. My life has been enriched with experiences of life on a trapline, farming, horse trainer, truck driver, equipment operator, boiler room assistant, gas bar manager and transportation and supervision for family services.I am a long time Métis artisan, doll maker, fiber artist, nester, baker, teacher, thrift store shopper and lover of giving old things a new purpose.

I love teaching and sharing my many Métis crafts with people who love to make handcrafted items.

I have resided on Buffalo Lake Métis settlement for 41 years. I was born and raised on a traditional Métis farm north of High Prairie Alberta where I learned how to snare rabbits, ride horses, and live off the land.

I was raised in an old hand-hewn log home. Today I am blessed to be the Knowledge Keeper and Teacher at Métis Crossing. There I get to share my life experience with many people from all walks of life, so they learn who the Métis people are.

It is extremely important that our young people learn these traditional cultural skills to they can them pass down to the next generations. For it is through our children that our Métis heritage will survive and thrive.

My husband Jerry makes me happy and proud. My children make me smile with pride and humble me with their love. My family and friends are special, supportive and are an anchor in my life.

What you will experience

Discover past
and present

Deepen your understanding of Métis heritage through stories from our experienced guides and traditional knowledge-keepers.

Find your

Connect to the Métis way of life through the sharing of practices, traditions, and foods central to Métis culture.

Learn by

Participate in unique activities designed to bring you closer to Métis past, present and future.

Feed your

Experience the healing potential of this powerful place, through a new appreciation for our land, wildlife and shared history. 

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Common Questions

Are there any age restrictions for Paddle into the Past?

Yes. Participants must be at least five years old. There is no upper age limit, but participants must be sufficiently mobile to climb in and out of the canoe.

Does Paddle into the Past operate rain or shine?

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What is the capacity of the Voyageur canoe?

The canoes can accommodate 8 paddlers plus a guide. Groups larger than eight will be split between two or more canoes.

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