Toronto and York Region Métis Community

Decorative Bags Workshop Registration – Honouring Métis Heritage through Decorative Arts

January 27, 2024

Decorative bags have been a part of Métis culture for quite some time; however, the needs of our peoples have changed throughout history. Traditionally bags would carry medicines or ammunition. Today one thing Métis people carry is their cell phone. Inspired by the concept, #ModernMétis, workshop facilitator, Marissa Magneson, designed a decorative cell phone bag. In this workshop series participants will be invited to bead or embroider their own decorative bag. In-person workshops will happen at the Bata Shoe Museum (372 Bloor St W, Toronto) on Saturdays.  An online virtual series via Zoom is also available on Wednesday evenings. Please see the dates below and register for either in-person or online.  A commitment to all four workshops is required.  In addition, basic beading and/or embroidery skills are  mandatory for this series. 

Virtual participants will be sent the supplies to create the bag, however, they will be required to provide their own beads and/or embroidery floss. For those who attend in-person, a small collection of communal supplies will be available.

Online: Wednesday evenings from 7 pm – 9 pm via Zoom

In-Person: Saturday mornings from 11 am – 1 pm at the Bata Shoe Museum (372 Bloor St W, Toronto)

These workshops are open to individuals who:

Registration is required, as spaces are limited.  Priority will be given to Metis who live or go to school in Toronto York region.


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