Research, Archives, and Special Collections

The Louis Riel Institute (LRI) plays an important role in supporting a greater understanding and appreciation of the culture, heritage, and history of the Red River Métis. Strong community relations have led to the accumulation of many valuable records and collections connected to the Métis Nation.

Our physical and digital holdings include items related to Métis history, culture, and languages. We are increasing our capacity to responsibly care for our collections, facilitate community access, and ensure cultural protocols are upheld.

We are committed to supporting the evolving needs of the Manitoba Métis Community, the Manitoba Métis Government, Manitobans, and stakeholders such as the Federal and Provincial Governments, educational institutions, private and non-profit organizations, archival institutions, historical societies, and museums.

Our Collections Include:


Textual Records: reports, correspondence, and more
Audio and Video Recordings
Publications: Rare books, manuscripts, printed materials, and reference library
Artifacts: housewares, hides, beadwork, garments and, traps.
Online collections featuring Métis Languages coming soon!


Our digital and material collections are not available for viewing at this time.

We are currently working on making LRI's collections available for reference.


The Louis Riel Institute (LRI) is committed to supporting a greater understanding and appreciation of the culture, heritage, and history of Manitoba and the Métis Nation's Manitoba Métis Community.

If you or your organization have any questions regarding research or resources related to Métis history and culture, do not hesitate to contact us at:


The LRI Archives and Special Collections are continually growing thanks to generous donations. If you, your family, or your organization are interested in donating to the LRI's Archives, do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss this opportunity at:

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