A sash of their own

A sash of their own

 

Designed by Lisa Hudson, a Métis woman born and raised in Fort Smith, this is the official sash of the Northwest Territories Métis.

Hudson picked each chevron colour to symbolize different aspects of the North – magenta for fireweed, cerulean for our waterways, gold for the sun, deep green for the boreal forest, and more.  

Her handiwork is part of a long tradition in Métis culture. The Métis sash – originally dubbed the L’Assomption Sash after the settler town in Quebec where it was first produced – is that culture’s most notable traditional garment.

Almost 10 percent of the North's people identify as Métis, with particularly large populations in South Slave communities such as Hay River, Fort Resolution and Hudson's hometown of Fort Smith