Nathalie Bertin

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Workshops in Metis arts have been developed for elementary, secondary, adult groups and specialized teacher training. Workshop details ...

  • Delivered at your location

  • Can be custom designed to include specific curriculum or team building requirements. View a listing of workshops below or call to create custom workshop in subjects ranging from cultural appropriation, water teachings, general arts or other Metis specific arts.

  • English or en français

  • B.Ed in Adult Education with Distinction conferred in 2012

  • Vulnerable Sector Check from the York Regional Police
    available on request

  • Workshops must be booked at least 4-6 weeks in advance
    to ensure availability

  • $500 for full day workshops (up to three groups)
    PLUS $150 for consult/prep up to 4 hours
    $225 for consult/prep 4-8 hours:
    TOTAL per day with half day prep: $650 + HST
    TOTAL per day with full day prep: $725 + HST

    (Travel, materials, equipment rentals, etc. are billed as extras.)

  • For more information and bookings, call the studio at
    416.315.6882 or email

Présence Métis: Ep 02
de Mon conseil scolaire


Deuxième épisode de la série Mon conseil scolaire, relate du travail d'une artiste franco-Métis, Nathalie Bertin, dans les écoles du sud de l'Ontario, pour sensibiliser les jeunes à la présence de la culture franco-Métis au Canada. (Leading Pictures, October 2017)

VIDEO: Metis fingerweaving & Math (AKA Sash Math)

Video of in-class work with students and teacher Bonnie Sears at Kortright Hills PS (Upper Grand District School Board). The 3-day workshop explored ways of knowing mathematics, and how this connects to culturally relevant educational practices. (Video credit: Ruth Beatty)

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To learn more about this project or incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into math curriculum, please contact:
Ruth Beatty, Associate Professor, Graduate Studies and Research in Education Undergraduate Studies in Education
Phone Number: +1 (705) 330-4008 ext. 2619

Voices of the Land

Video with interview about indigenous arts curriculum within York Region District School Board.

Video 1: Voices of the Land
Video 2: Connecting with culture

Popular workshops include:


The Sash wasn't just a fashioniable garment. Before it became a symbol of nationhood, it has practical uses that were relied on that made a difference between life and death.

In this workshop, students learn about the history and its many practical uses. Students also learn how to create their own mini sash using traditional finger weaving techniques.

Ideal for grades 3 and up.


Move over Group of Seven because academia has realized that the Metis design style of beadwork is Canada's first true art form! In fact, the peak of Metis art history was over before the people were even recognized! Find out why in this workshop and learn about the distinctive floral designs of the Flower Beadwork People.

This introduction into beadwork design is delivered in two formats:

JK TO GRADES 5-6: A painting workshop is provided to teach the design patterns. Students will draw their own Metis-inspired patterns and use pointillism to fill in the colour and detail.

GRADE 7 AND OLDER: Students learn how to create their own beaded flower using needle, thread, fabric and multi-coloured beads. (*A minimum of two and half hours is required for the hands on beading. Maximum 12 students.)


Storytelling, song and dance served an integral function during Canada's early years. Not just a source of entertainment, these activities brought people together, helped First Nations and European groups learn from one another and allowed the Metis to develop their own sense of community during some of the harshest periods of Canadian history.

In this workshop, students will learn a song, a couple of dance steps and participate in storytelling games that were practiced by Metis people during long treks in the wilderness and at home with family and friends.

All ages.

Workshops for Grades 7-8 and up

It's not just about eating earth worms

Hunting and foraging is not just about surviving. There is good food to be found in the wild! Students will learn about indigenous ways of knowing about food, coexisting with the natural environment and the philosophy of food sovereignty. Connections are made to the importance of conservation and climate change.

Discussion/lecture with opportunity for Q&A.

through the process of art

The sessions begin with an exploration of Metis culture and artefacts, the evolution of culture and the many ways culture can be represented. Students are then guided into the research and exploration of their own cultures as they begin the process of art making. Topics such as cultural appropriation are discussed. This workshop can be customized to suit classes with a focus on visual art or language arts.

It's just a different way of seeing the world

Many students take art classes thinking there is no math in arts. We know this is not true but rather than focus on the impending doom some might feel about math, we will focus instead on how artists see the world. In particular, we will explore the Fibonacci sequence and how it is a true mathematical reflection of life itself. We also explore how Mondrian's views and work still influence art today. Students are then led into a painting exercise to find the order within chaos -- or in other words to find the math in life.

Workshops for Grades 10 and up

The Business of Art

This session is geared towards visual arts students who may be considering a future in the arts. The presentation starts with the story of my ever evolving journey as a multi-displinary artist. We then get into the business side including entrepreneurship, the difference between public and private galleries, funding (including grants) and more.

It's complicated...

When we think of Lower Canada, we may recall stories from the French settlers and military battles with the Iroquois. In the west, Metis history is usually only related to the Riel Resistence and the creation of the province of Manitoba. While factual, these stories only provide a slanted view of Metis social history. By sharing the story of one branch of my own family's migration from Lower Canada into Upper Canada, then out west and back again, I show a more complex social history about Metis people, including their many contributions to Canada's legacy, women's roles and more. We will also look at how the events of the past have created the ongoing political turmoil for Metis today.

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