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Contributions of the Métis People
 
 Many years ago there were a great many contributions by the Métis People. They were known as "Children of the Fur Trade", "Flower Beadwork People", as well as buffalo hunters, trappers, guides, interpreters, voyageurs, canoe and York boat paddlers, and Red River cart teamsters.
 
The Métis were very good as hunting buffalo. They hunted the buffalo to make pemmican, which was a great meat source. They would also pick berries and vegetables. After the pemmican was made, and the vegetables and berries were gathered, they would sell it to feed the outlying communities and the trading posts.Métis Fishermen
 
The York boat and the Red River cart were both invented by the Métis The York boat was used for larger bodies of water. It was used to carry more freight, than the freighter canoes that they also used. They used the Red River carts to transport goods over land and water.
 
Métis people assisted new settlers adapting to the harsh conditions of this country.
 

Métis worked as farm laborers, clearing land and planting crops.

 
Métis women taught newly arrived European women the preparation and preservation of wild game and other foods needed to survive the long harsh winters.
 
Before the establishment of the mounted police in the west, the Métis organized themselves in a military style that proved useful in the creation of border patrols that discouraged invasion by both the American Fenians and the Sioux.
 
The RCMP Musical Ride may have been inspired by the Métis practice of exercising their horses to the music of the jig and square dance. In the evenings after buffalo hunts, the Métis exercised their horses to music in the fashion of a square dance while the fiddler played quadrilles (a square dance still performed by Métis dancers).
 
The skilled horsemanship developed in the buffalo hunt was easily adapted for bronc-busting, calf roping and range riding, skills put to use in the development of ranches in the west.
 
Well known for their tracking, guiding, and interpretive skills, Métis were often employed by the Northwest Mounted Police, as they are today by Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
 
any Métis participated in industry, trade and commerce in various roles of responsibility. Many became involved with mainstream politics in numerous capacities, or entered the legal, medical, or educational professions due to the fact that from the birth of the Métis Nation, they were often formally educated through the encouragement and influence of the European Fathers.
 
The Métis were instrumental kin the entry of Manitoba into Confederation.
 
Today, Métis are involved in all facets of Canadian society and continue to contribute to the building of the number one nation in the world, Canada.
 
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