Toronto and York Region Métis Community

Honouring Métis Heritage Through Decorative Arts

November 1 — 2, 2023

The Toronto and York Region Métis Council is excited to present the Honouring Métis Heritage Through Decorative Arts program.  This program, funded by the Ontario Arts Council through the Government of Ontario, will showcase our rich history and cultural artistic traditions. By attending, you will have the opportunity to discover the historical roots of traditional Métis decorative arts practices and learn from our talented knowledge keepers and artists.

This is a multi-phase program that will feature both in-person and virtual events and workshops.  The first phase of the traditional art workshops will focus on learning to bead and embroider followed by a second phase where you will then decorate a small bag with the artistic techniques you have learned.  You may choose the sessions you wish to attend by completing the registration forms. More details and registration for the second phase will be provided soon.


The program is open to individuals who:

Registration is required, as spaces are limited.  Priority will be given to Métis who live or go to school in Toronto York Region.  More details will be provided to you once registration is complete. 

 1.      Breathe Exhibit Guided Tour

The program will kick off with a guided tour at the Textile Museum of Canada of the Breathe Exhibit featuring decorated masks by Métis artisans Lisa Shepherd, Nathalie Bertin and others. View more information of the exhibit here

Date: Sunday, September 24th

Meet up time: 1:45 pm  

Where: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto

Registration link for Breathe Exhibit Tour

2.      Embroidery

At one time, Embroidery was one of the most popular Métis decorative art forms.

Join our two-part Embroidery series to learn beginner embroidery techniques with TYRMC citizens Megan Southwell and Alicia Blore. Supplies are provided at the in-person workshop or will be mailed to you for the virtual workshop. 

For the first part of this series, Megan will instruct you in creating a stitch sampler.  You can choose either the in-person or virtual learning stream to create your stitch sampler.  

In-Person Embroidery 101 – Sampler Creation

Date:  Wednesday, October 18th

Time: 5:45 pm to 8:00

Where: Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor Street West, Toronto


Virtual Embroidery 101 – Sampler Creation

Date:  Wednesday, October 25th

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Via Zoom

For the second part of this series, Alicia will instruct you in applying the stitches you learned to create a flower.  Registrants in either the In-Person or Virtual Sampler Creation workshops will automatically be registered in Embroidery 201 – Creating your Flower.

Embroidery 201 – Creating your Flower

Date: Wednesday, Nov 1st

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where:  Via Zoom

Registration link for Embroidery

 3.  Beading – In-Person

Are you interested in learning the ABC’s of how to bead? Want to give beading a (re)try? 

Join ONE of our in-person workshops to learn Beginner Beading techniques with TYRMC artisan Kathy Morgan. Supplies are provided for this in person workshop.  

Date: Thursday, October 12th

Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Where:  Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Community Centre

100 Ethennonnhawahstihnen’ Ln, North York


Date: Saturday, October 21st

Time: 9:45 am to 12 pm

Where:  Warden Hilltop Community Centre

25 Mendelssohn St, Scarborough

Registration link for In-Person Beading

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