This broadcast will feature contemporary Métis style visual artwork and storytelling by Métis artist Leah Marie Dorion based on her newest children’s book publication, Metis Camp Circle: A Bison Culture Way of Life (2019) published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute. The Gabriel Dumont Institute is a Saskatchewan Métis book publisher based in Saskatoon. Leah will read from this children’s book, explain the use of Métis symbolism, discuss the composition and design of the illustrations.  

Leah will guide students through a live drawing activity related to the bison culture of the plains Métis. In the post broadcast activity, students will create their own bison illustration on paper inspired by the teachings and concepts presented by Leah. The students will then have the opportunity to develop a creative story based on their illustrations. Through this activity students will gain insight into how visual artists use artwork to bring stories to life!

  • Art Strand: Visual Arts
  • Broadcast length: 45-50 min.
  • Off camera hands-on teacher guided activity: approximately 45-60 min.
  • Grades: 1-8


Broadcast Dates

* NOTE * Check your time zone, all time posted in Sask. time.

  • February 12, 2020Grade 7-8
    9:45-10:30am live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • February 12, 2020Grade 5-6
    1:10-1:55pm live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • February 13, 2020Grade 3-4
    9:45-10:30am live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)
  • February 13, 2020Grade 1-2
    1:10-1:55pm live broadcast
    + post-broadcast activity (see Teacher Guide)

Thank you to Hartley Clark Elementary School for hosting these broadcasts.

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Optional Teacher Reference

This broadcast will introduce students to Leah’s newest book, MÉTIS CAMP CIRCLE: A BISON CULTURE WAY OF LIFE.

During much of the nineteenth century, bison hunting was integral to the Métis’ social, economic, and political life. As “people of the buffalo,” the Métis were bison hunters par excellence. In Métis Camp Circle: A Bison Way of Life, author and artist Leah Marie Dorion transports young readers back in time when bison were the basis of Métis lifeways on the Plains. Vibrantly illustrated and infused with important cultural teachings, this charming book skillfully informs us about this important period of Métis history.


Artist Biography: Leah Marie Dorion

Bio Video

Leah Marie Dorion is a Metis person with cultural roots to the historic community of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. She is a passionate interdisciplinary artist and educator committed to sharing Metis culture and history.