The McMurray Métis Cultural Center is taking shape on Mcdonald island

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 3:19pm

By Daniel Barker-Tremblay

Image shows construction of the McMurray Métis Cultural Center (Photo Credits - Daniel Barker -Tremblay)

“We have a world-class team constructing this building and things are really starting to take shape,” said Peter Hansen, president of McMurray Métis




With the first cement pour back in June 2021, construction at the new McMurray Métis Cultural Center is well underway.

President Peter Hanson joined CFWE live at the 2022 Metis Fest, and said the building is 40-50 percent complete, and is slated to be finished by December 2023.


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Peter Hanon, President of McMurray Métis (Photo Credits - Daniel Barker-Tremblay)


Hanson says planned amenities inside the cultural center include a gathering space that will seat up to 450 people, along with a teaching kitchen to learn how to cook traditional food, youth & conferences spaces, health care and employment training. Its rooftop will include a greenhouse garden.

Hanson hopes that this new building will bring Canadians from all over the country to Fort McMurray to see the Métis Cultural Center and learn and experience the culture.

The architects from Mindful Architecture, Maginnis Cocivera and Genevieve Noel not only design, but also supervise the project. Noel says that she came up with the idea of the shape of the building as an infinity loop and calls it “Métis Rising.”

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Genevieve Noel (Left) and Maginnis Cocivera (Right) from Mindful Architecture (Photo Credits - Daniel Barker-Tremblay)



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