MéTV is an hour news magazine show that will touch on all aspects of Métis culture in BC, as well as discuss issues facing the Métis people today.
Hosted by Deputy Minister & CEO of Métis Nation BC, Daniel Fontaine.
Through interviews with experts and prominent members of the community, MèTV will break down the issues the Métis Nation faces in British Columbia and educate viewers on the rich culture and history of the Metis people.
Topics of discussions will include the rights of Indigenous people, reconciliation with the Métis community in BC, preservation of culture, education,health & wellness, and more.
MéTV will also take you outside of the studio for a first hand look at Métis personalities. We will showcase musicians, artists, community leaders and advocates, among others.
We will also visit the 7 regions of Métis Nation BC, exploring the unique communities within each area.
These segments shall highlight specific aspects of Métis language and culture such as food (Pemmican, Bannock and Les Tourtières), Beadwork, Clothing, and Art such as dot painting , and the quintisential Métis jig.
Daniel Fontaine Biography
Daniel Fontaine works as the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Minister for Métis Nation BC. Over the course of his career he has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors as well as government.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Manitoba, Fontaine went on to complete the Media Writing and Public Relations certificate from Langara College. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for Douglas College and served on the BC College of Psychologists from 2004-2010. He also served on the Board of Directors for SafeCare BC which has a mandate to reduce workplace injuries in the long-term care sector.
Fontaine is the former weekly civic affairs columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper and political commentator on Global TV & Global BC1 news channel. He actively participated in the weekly civic affairs panel for the top-rated Bill Good Show on CKNW radio.
In 2012, Fontaine was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and moved to British Columbia in 1989.
Sophie Gray Biography
Previously an award-winning journalist, Sophie Gray currently works as the Communications and Digital Media Coordinator for Métis Nation BC. She holds a Master’s in Journalism from UBC and has worked as a journalist and content creator in BC and around the world with a focus on Indigenous rights and social justice.
In her free time, Sophie can be found spending time with her rescue dog, Pete, snowboarding at one of the local mountains, or trying out new restaurants in the Vancouver food scene. She’s usually got a coffee in hand and would almost always rather be travelling.
Lisa Shepherd Biography
Lisa Shepherd is a celebrated artist that has grown from humble beginnings to becoming recognized across the country and internationally for her intricate work that utilizes traditional art forms to explore and inform about Métis culture.
She is a highly respected cultural ambassador and knowledge carrier for the Métis Nation and a recipient of a BC Aboriginal Business Award for Business of the Year. In 2020, she co-created Breathe: a collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic, bringing attention to Artists across Canada and internationally, and providing healing through art and culture.
Lisa’s artwork can be viewed here