Métis Archival Project

The archivist from the Musée Héritage Museum was invited to the University of Alberta for a workshop on the Métis Archival Project (MAP). The project is led by a team from the university’s Faculty of Native Studies. The workshop looked at the usability of the Métis National Council (MNC) Historical Online Database.

Funded by the MNC, this web based database contains “textual information extracted from archival documents relevant to the historical Métis Nation.” Users will get access to high quality photographic scans of over 70,000 records that were previously only accessible at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. This database will be very useful for genealogists and Métis users looking to construct family trees. It is also a powerful tool for schools and the general public.

The workshop looked at the relaunch of the database and provided hands on experience on searching for family names. The Musée Héritage Museum Archives has its own genealogy database of Métis families that is heavily used by our patrons. The MNC Historical Online Database is another excellent tool because you can actually view archival records specifically about the Métis of our country.

The workshop showed some great things that the MAP team is developing, including using river lot documents to map onto current satellite images. It was a neat experience to view and hopefully something that can be made available to the public in the future.

The MNC Historical Online Database is live for the public now. Please visit the Musée Héritage Museum Archives for more information about how to do genealogy related to St. Albert families. Please contact us at 780-459-1528 or archives@artsandheritage.ca with any questions or comments you may have.