Discover the Métis History at Sault Ste Marie

LSWC has partnered up with the Historic Sault Ste Marie Métis Community to offer Métis-led cultural and ecology tours. The Walking, and Walking/Paddling Tours will begin at the new Sault Ste Marie Métis Centre (136 John Street). A Métis Interpretive guide will lead the Tours. Walking Tours connect historic and contemporary points of interest between the Centre and the St Marys River. For those on a Walking/Paddling Tour, participants will board our Gchi Jiimaan (Big Canoe) at Sault Ste Marie Canal National Historic Site to travel the St. Marys River learning about the Métis river lot life and fishing at the Rapids.

How does this help protect Lake Superior?

This program educates people on the importance of conservation and the value of eco-cultural tourism. The program is especially important because it is being done through a Métis perspective. Like all Indigenous Nations, the Métis culture has an intrinsic connection and responsibility to the health and well-being of the Lands and Waters. These cultural and ecological Métis tours will share the essential role that Indigenous People play in protecting the Lake Superior watershed. And how people everywhere, from every walk of life, can benefit from this knowledge to help protect this amazing planet we live on.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a land trust?

A land trust is a non-profit charitable organization that owns or manages land for the long term stewardship of natural and/or cultural heritage. One of the main activities of a land trust, or nature conservancy, is to actively work with landowners to conserve habitat, protect and steward land for its natural, cultural, recreational, historic and productive values, protect water quality, and address the effects of climate change.

What are land trust standards and practices?

The ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust.

What is ecotourism?

Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.

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What is a water trail?

A designated route along a waterway with publicly accessible access points particularly for non-motorized watercraft. Water Trails are the original highways that have been used for community life for millennia.

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How To Help

Protecting the greatest Lake on Earth means we all have a role to play in addressing the threatening elements of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, invasive species, and the diversion of water from the watershed.

We believe in the power of our collective effort to solve these challenges.