Canadian Geographic and Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) are proud to present ‘Paykiiwikay’ Métis Culture Podcast, a new online series exploring the rich Métis culture and Michif language.  

Hosted by interdisciplinary Métis artist, mentor and author Leah Dorion the first ten episodes of ‘Paykiiwikay,’ which is Michif for “come and visit,” takes listeners on a journey through Métis communities around the province of Saskatchewan.

"Working on ‘Paykiiwikay’ has been one of the highlights of my broadcast career,” says producer and veteran journalist David McGuffin. “I am proud of my Métis roots, which date back to the fur trade.  Like too many Canadians my understanding of the story of the Métis people faded out at the Battle of Batoche and the defeat of Louis Riel. Working with Leah and the Métis Nation–Saskatchewan on this series has opened my eyes to the depth and richness of Métis history, language and culture. I hope our listeners gain as much from listening to this ten part journey, as I did from working on it." 

Episode 1:

An introduction to Michif language, history and culture with Russell Fayant. Fayant shares the history of the Métis Nation in Saskatchewan using his own family story as an example of how the Michif language almost died, and is now rallying back though programs like SUNTEP Regina that promote Michif language, and summer immersion programs at Lebret Farms.

 

Episode 2:

This interview with award winning Métis singer, songwriter, performer, actor, and writer Andrea Menard explores how she is working to promote the use of Michif language, teachings, and worldview through her own contemporary artistic practice. Menard shares her worldly advice for any Métis person wanting to enter the entertainment industry. 

Episode 3:

This podcast explores the stories of language loss and its impact on Métis elders and community members. Elder Calvin Racette teaches us about the historical factors about why Michif language is endangered today. This episode talks about the Road Allowance experience and how racism and exclusion devalued their personal Michif language retention and fluency.   

Episode 4: 

Jenni Lessard is one of Canada’s top chefs and proud of her Saskatchewan Métis roots. She and Leah talk about why making and processing traditional Métis foods, including the harvesting of local ingredients, helps contribute to the preservation of Michif language and identity.