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Hiding in Plain Sight Opening Reception

Jan 20th, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Opening Reception for Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada

Explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The travelling exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery from December 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019.

Join us for our exhibit opening celebration!

An afternoon of exploring Métis Culture, with Special Guest Marilyn Dumont, Poet, and musical performances by Brianna and Brian Lizotte.

Event runs from 2-4pm but the MAG is open at noon for you to explore! 

Prayer and remarks begin at 2:30pm, followed by a poetry reading by Marilyn Dumont and musical performances by Brianna & Brian LIzotte!

Free to attend; donations gratefully accepted. 


Poet, writer, and professor Marilyn Dumont earned her BA from the University of Alberta and MFA from the University of British Columbia. She teaches with the Faculty of Native Studies and the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is of Cree/Métis ancestry.

Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. This collection is in its fifteenth printing and a classic of Brick Books. Other collections include green girl dreams Mountains (2001- winner of the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for that year); that tongued belonging (2007), winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters (2015), which won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award. 

In 2018, she was awarded a Lifetime Membership from the League of Canadian Poets for her contributions to poetry in Canada.


Library and Archives Canada has a wide variety of archival documents pertaining to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings. This exhibition explores the portrayal of Métis Citizens—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in art and photographic collections and the accompanying descriptions, and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and the culture of the Métis Nation.

Library and Archives Canada would like to recognize the knowledge and expertise provided by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in the creation of this exhibition.

For more information on Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada, visit the exhibition page on our website.

Thank you to our funders:

CORD  alberta foundation for the arts

alberta museums association

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO NOTE: For attendees to this event we wish to inform you that we will have a Videographer onsite and MAG staff taking photos of this event, and these images/video will be used to document the event, as well as for social media use and marketing purposes. We are working to better document our special events and look forward to having our visitors attend!

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