On April 24, 2018 Stacey Devlin of Know History presented a talk at Algoma University focused on the Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project. This fantastic project aims to increase resources and accessibility of information about the unique history and development of Métis communities in Ontario.
The Root Ancestors Project was developed based on feedback collected by the MNO in 2010/11. The results of this consultation process can be found in ‘What We Heard’ report which includes suggestions relating to Métis identification and registration. One of the suggestions in this report focused on the development of easily accessible materials relating to Métis genealogy research and communities. The Root Ancestors Project stems from that 2011 recommendation. I highly recommend folks explore the publicly available historical research and community based positing of the project.
Stacey Devlin’s talk provided an excellent walk through of the Root Ancestors Project and clearly laid out the ways in which the project combined archival research and community needs. If you’re interested in learning more I’ve created a Twitter moment of my tweets from the event:
Stacey Devlin MNO Root Ancestors Project Talk