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Merelda Fiddler

Merelda Fiddler

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Metis journalist, filmmaker and CBC radio producer, Merelda Fiddler from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan is profiled.
Metis journalist, filmmaker and CBC radio producer, Merelda Fiddler from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan is profiled.

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Merelda Fiddler
Merelda Fiddler, a Métis from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, graduated with her BA inJournalism from the University of Regina School of Journalism in 1999. Since her graduation, she has worked as a reporter and associate producer at CBC Radio in Reginaas well as freelancing for local papers and magazines. Her previous documentary,
Ghostson the Land 
, also directed by Robert McTavish, profiles three Saskatchewan families andtheir struggle to save the family farm.Merelda is the daughter of Charlotte Taillifer and Ron Fiddler. Her paternal grandparentsare William Fiddler and Avelina De La Ronde. Avelina was the daughter of Agnes Morinand Paul De La Ronde; William was the son of Veronique Gervais (b. 1867)
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and JeanBaptiste Fidler (b. 1862). Jean Baptiste was the son of Francois Fidler 
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(b. 1838) andJosephte Laplante (b. 1845). Francois Fidler was the brother of William Fidler (b. 1827)also the son of George Fidler an HBC employee and Nancy Black. William marriedMarguerite McGillis, the daughter of Alexandre McGillis and Marguerite Bottineau in1851 at SFX. William fought at the Battle of the Grand Coteau in 1851, with the St.Francois Xavier hunting band led by Jean Baptiste Falcon.Métis filmmaker Merelda Fiddler completed her Masters degree in Canadian PlainsStudies at the University of Regina in 2010. Her 2009 MA theses was entitled “Fiddlers’Journey: The Perseverance of One Metis Family's Identity.” She also works as areporter/associate producer with CBC Radio, as well as freelancing for local magazinesand papers.
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Veronique was the daughter of Cleophas Gervais and Catherine Ross.
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Francois “Lagaua” Fidler fought in the 1885 Northwest Resistance at Batoche, along with his cousins,Cuthbert (b. 1858), Francvois Xavier (b. 1861), James (b. 1865), William Jr. (b. 1865) Jean Baptiste (b.1861) and John William (b. 1860). Their father William Sr. (1827-1895) was a
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She has produced the documentary “Fiddler’s Map” (2003) which tells the story of Métishistory and culture through the life and eyes of Merelda Fiddler. As a Métis woman whodenied her own heritage as she was growing up, she begins a journey to rediscover her roots. We follow Merelda on her search to find her heritage and family and through her gain insights into what it means to be a Métis person in Canada.On September 28, 2013 Merelda Fiddler was honoured with a tis Award foJournalism. The Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation recognized Fiddler for her contributionin journalism with a Metis Award.Most recently Fiddler produced the Boomboxcompetition, which focused on Aboriginal entrepreneurship. The Métis Awards are givenout to dedicated individuals in the Métis community who through their hard work are rolemodels to younger generations.
Woman documents journey to Metis identity
Saskatchewan SageAuthor:Yvonne Irene Gladue, Sage Writer, ReginaVolume: 7 Issue:12 Year: 2003: Page 16http://www.ammsa.com/publications/saskatchewan-sage/woman-documents-journey -metis-identityMerelda Fiddler has been asking questions all of her life."I was always big into questions as a kid and I would talk to strangers a lot. Which usedto freak my mother out a lot because I was always talking to whoever was around. Ialways wanted to know what it was they did and why. I believe that 'why' was probablythe first word out of my mouth," she said.With her inquisitive nature, combined with a love of politics and writing, it's no wonder the 27-year-old from Meadow Lake became a journalist."I used to write plays in junior high and in high school and when I got to university, I wasalways trying to think of ways to make money as a writer. And so I guess that sort of setsyou up for journalism as a profession. It seemed like a natural fit and what I like the bestabout it is telling stories," she said.Fiddler completed a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and communications from theUniversity of Regina, and is currently an associate producer with CBC Radio in Regina.She also teaches a course in communications arts at the First Nations University of Canada, and is taking part-time courses towards a master's degree in Metis history.Fiddler has recently completed work on a documentary, Fiddler's Map, in which sheexplores her Metis roots and some of the obstacles her heritage presented while she wasgrowing up. The documentary was aired for the first time on Global television in earlyAugust.One of the personal stories she shares in the documentary is about not being invited to a2
 
friend's sleep-over birthday party because she was Metis."I have very fair skin and I used to have blonde hair but I've since dyed it. I guess in someways if I had grown up in the city no one would have really known that I had any Cree blood in me. No one would have known I was Metis. But growing up in Meadow Lake

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