Philip Gladue
Cultural Presenter

Philip is an Elder who was brought up with his culture in a traditional Metis community in Northern Alberta. He is a trained Life Skills Coach and uses traditional values in his work. Philip is fluent in the Cree language and will share some words with the students.

Cultural Presentations

Metis Culture & the Fur Trade – Grade 5

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Explain ways people preserve and transmit culture
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of contributions of Aboriginal peoples, the French and the British to the development of Canada

Economy & Technology

  • Analyze the relationship between the development of communities and their available natural resources

Philip will share stories about his childhood growing up in a Metis community. He will emphasize the history and significance of the fur trade, and the Red River Cart. He will discuss the Metis sash and flag and then help the students make their own Metis flag. Philip will bring with him a display of many different types of furs for the students to observe. These include beaver, moose, caribou, as well as some sinew and beadwork made with hides.

Metis Culture – Canoe – Grade 5

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Explain ways people preserve and transmit culture
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of contributions of Aboriginal peoples, the French and the British to the development of Canada

Economy & Technology

  • Analyze the relationship between the development of communities and their available natural resources

Philip will share stories about the significance of the canoe in the Metis culture. He will lead the class in making a replica of a canoe using leather.

Metis Culture – Miniature Tipi – Grade 5

Prescribed Learning Outcome:

Social Studies – Society & Culture

  • Analyze the relationship between the development of communities and their available natural resources

Economy & Technology

  • Analyze the relationship between the development of communities and their available natural resources

Philip will share stories about his childhood growing up in a Metis community. He will discuss the history of the tipi before leading the class in making a replica of a tipi using canvas.