The Fort Chipewyan Métis Nation has a proud history in the area that dates back to 1788 and possibly earlier. The Métis are a people of the land and have an oral history that describes the members using bitumen and tree bark to create roofs for homes, creating tools, goods for trade and use by its members. The Métis have a proud history of trapping for subsistence and a mastery of navigation by canoe. The Métis in Fort Chipewyan continue to be harvesters and they utilize boats for travel, recreation and to provide for their families. They are an unmistakable part of the Fort Chipewyan region and have been in Fort Chipewyan since before Canada was a country. They continue to exercise their rights in traditional territory.