The Métis Sash [Video – 18:24] (2012)

BHP Billiton Canada opened the Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada’s first surface and underground diamond mine, in the Northwest Territories in 1998. The company has held a series of workshops designed to introduce its employees to local Aboriginal culture.

This video offers a look at a three-day workshop that gave employees a chance to learn about Canada’s Métis, people of dual Aboriginal and European ancestry. Participants used table looms to make Métis sashes, also known as L’Assomption sashes after a town in Quebec where they were mass produced.

The sashes were a useful tool in the fur trade, the workshop facilitator explains. Often as much as six metres in length, the sash could be wound around someone’s waist to ease back strain, used to tie up a canoe, or tossed out as a rescue line to pull a man to safety after a canoe capsized.

The sashes are woven using many different colours of yarn, with each colour symbolizing a different aspect of Métis culture and history.

In addition to offering employees a chance to learn about specific traditions, the workshops help explain the strong oral tradition that is part of Aboriginal culture.

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