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Cochrane area

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The Métis presence in the Cochrane area goes back to the fur trade...
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“My grandmother used to cook partridge stew and rabbit stew and that and so she passed it on to my mother and then if I cook it then I just ask my mom, what did you put in it again, what was that? But my mother recipe is just well put a little bit of salt and a few of this and a little bit of that. She never has a certain amount; it’s always a little bit of this and a pinch of that. And it’s good.”-Elderly Métis woman from the Cochrane areaThe Métis presence in the Cochrane area goes back to the fur trade which started in this area as far back a 1679 when Fort Temiskamingue was established. In the last quarter of the 18th century fur trade forts and outposts abounded in this region.The Métis in the region are very active land users; they rely on the land and waters for more than just, it is a “way of life” that includes plant gathering, hunting, fishing, and trapping. These are all parts of strong traditions and heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation.

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