Shirley Isbister

Shirley Isbister, the daughter-in-law of Metis Elder Helen Isbister (née Johnston), was born and raised in Saskatoon. Shirley is the proud mother of three children and the pride and joy of her life are her three grandchildren. Shirley is a Family Daycare provider, Marriage Commissionaire, a Notary Public and Commissionaire of Oaths. On March 30, 2012 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Women of the Métis Nation General Assembly in Edmonton.

Shirley is the President of Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated (CUMFI) an organization that strives for improved social and economic conditions for Métis, works towards self-determination and self-reliance and aims to improve the quality and standards of life for Métis. CUMFI also helps establish homes for single mothers in need, Shirley acts as an elder for inner city and Metis people in Saskatoon. In March of 2011 the MD Ambulance in Saskatoon has awarded Shirley Isbister the "Star Award,” for going above and beyond the call of duty. The award was presented at the Badge, Shield and Star Dinner. She was recognized for her role in helping to build a relationship between paramedics and inner city residents who use the health bus. A strong advocate for our children, Ms. Isbister was instrumental in the establishment of the 'Bringing Home the Children' National Committee to address the issues of Métis children caught in the child welfare system. Shirley is a prominent volunteer caring for the Metis Elders at the annual “Back to Batoche” celebrations.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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