McMurray Métis Cultural Center
The McMurray Métis Cultural Centre (MMCC) has been a long time coming. It is an idea that has simmered since the McMurray Métis were first dispossessed of their lands at Moccasin Flats on the banks of the Snye River in the early 80’s. Over the years there have been many champions pushing it forward and it has remained a dream through thick and thin, fires and floods, good times and bad. Construction started in June of 2021; earthworks and site servicing are complete and the foundations will be finished by the new year. The heavy timber structure will commence in early 2022 and with it, the Centre will rise out of the ground and reach towards the sky — a testament to the persistence and resilience of Métis People.
In 2016, the McMurray Métis Office Building and surrounding land was one of the first areas to burn during the Horse River Wildfire that led to the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta’s history. Upwards of 88,000 people were forced from their homes including McMurray Métis Local 1935 members. Upon returning to Fort McMurray, McMurray Métis began the process of starting over by placing a new office trailer on our land and so began the dream of a Métis Cultural Center not only for the community, but for the McMurray Métis Local 1935 membership to call home, and continue to grow and heal.
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Check out these concept drawings of McMurray Métis Cultural Center. It is the first of its kind representing and displaying Métis heritage with new age design. The MCC is seeking to revitalize culture, be the first Zero Carbon Building in Fort McMurray and regenerate the degraded site to become a hub of biodiversity and a cultural landscape. The Métis Cultural Center will be one of the most important achievements in our history joining heritage and culture with new age business environment with museum feel.