Re:Location – The Métis of Alberta

CPAC Documentaries

Re:Location – The Métis of Alberta

In 2019, after more than 90 years of perseverance and struggle, the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement was signed. 135 years after Louis Riel fought and died for self-determination of the Métis, his vision has finally been realized.

In The Métis of Alberta, we meet Holden Atkinson, a young cowboy from Black Diamond, Alberta, who tells us that his forefathers were also cowboys and worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company when it was founded in the 1600s. As we see Holden compete in rodeos, he introduces us to his mother who has been digging through the archives in search for answers about her identity, and his grandfather, who shares intimate memories of growing up caught between two worlds, and personifies the historical experience of the Métis people.