Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)
Scholarly Papers from the Circle of Editors

Researching Métis Spirituality: Insights and the Work Ahead

Chantal Fiola
University of Winnipeg
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Published 2023-09-29

How to Cite

Fiola, C. (2023). Researching Métis Spirituality: Insights and the Work Ahead. Pawaatamihk: Journal of Métis Thinkers, 1(1), 110–118. https://doi.org/10.36939/pawaatamihk/vol1no1/art32


Dr. Chantal Fiola has been studying Métis spirituality, especially relationships with traditional ceremonies, for more than 15 years. In the pages to follow, she outlines her doctoral research and subsequent study, and her resulting books, including Returning to Ceremony: Spirituality in Manitoba Métis Communities. Through archival research, oral history, literature analysis, and interviews with Red River Métis people, she presents evidence that some Métis people participated in ceremonies, historically. She discusses key Métis-specific methodological considerations and highlights selected findings about Métis individuals and communities finding their way back to ceremonies. She concludes by introducing her new national SSHRC-funded research project.