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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 the NWT's 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.
Come to the Northwest Territories to experience true Northern hospitality and learn all about NWT Métis culture, lifestyle and history.
Where's a good place to start? Every June 21 on National Indigenous Peoples Day, a statutory holiday in the NWT, the North Slave Métis Alliance hosts a massive fish fry and stage show in Yellowknife's Somba K'e Civic Plaza. The day-long event features fiddle music and jigging and it's a sure bet you'll see more than a few people wearing the official sash of the Northwest Territories Métis.