9. Metis sash

09 - metis sash

ca. 1870s-1890s

NAR Station, Dawson Creek

A resident of Dawson Creek discovered a Metis sash in their family that potentially belonged to Louis Riel. While there isn’t any evidence to link this sash to that of Riel’s, it is of roughly the same age and is made of English wool. The Metis people of the Peace Country served an important role for many years as translators and guides to early fur traders, explorers, and employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company and North West Company. Many settled on farms along the Peace River in places like Shaftesbury Trail, and Fort Vermilion.