Leah Dorion is proud to announce the release of her new book, sînapân kîskasâkâs : a guide to making contemporary style Métis ribbon skirts, co-authored by Bonny Johnson and published by Gabriel Dumont Institute Press.

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sînapân kîskasâkâs: A Guide to Making Contemporary-Style Métis Ribbon Skirts will assist you in the creation of your own Métis style ribbon skirt. Authors, Bonny Johnson and Leah Marie Dorion guide you through the process with detailed instructions which are accompanied by photographs of each step. This resource comes with a companion DVD, and introductions from both authors on the historical and contemporary uses of these traditional Métis style ribbon skirts. Available now for$24.95 at!  


Leah Dorion now has some of her original art available on products created by Oscardo.  Oscardo currently features her artwork “Breath of Life” on different types of items such as scarves and magnets.


Strong Nations has just released a “Winter Series” of art cards featuring winter themed paintings by Leah Dorion.  Also, they have released a new collection of children’s books by Leah Dorion.

Strong Nations Order Form - New Collection

Art Cards


Leah's Art is on!

With the support of the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples (LSSAP) Digital Imaging Project, Leah’s original art is now available for kids and adults to write and print their own books and poetry. Visit to check it out!

Three Red Wing Blackbirds Waving to the Northern Lights
Title: Three Red Wing Blackbirds, 2015 Title: Waving to the Northern Lights, 2015


NOW AVAILABLE: Mother Earth Colouring and Activity Book (2015) by Metis Artist Leah Marie Dorion

This original colouring book gives children of all ages and families an opportunity to explore and discover Indigenous culture through colouring. Arts educator Leah Marie Dorion enhances the colouring experience by providing activities to develop basic creative and critical thinking, and drawing skills. This book was specifically made for parents, early learning teachers, art educators, childcare programs, and family literacy programs who want imaginative interactive learning materials with Indigenous content. Discounts are available for bulk orders please email for purchase information.

Concepts supported in this colouring and activity book are:
Concept of guidelines and outlines
Link thickness, flow, and shape
Proportion, balance, and symmetry
Hand drawing skills
Adding embellishments and individual expression
Indigenous symbolism and interpreting patterns and designs
Colour effects and pattern
Sequencing and following steps and directions


Also Available at:

Gabriel Dumont Institute Publishing Dept.
2-604 22nd Street West, Saskatoon, SK
S7M 5W1
(306) 934-4941

The Mann Art Gallery
142-12th Street West, Prince Albert, SK
S6V 3B5
(306) 763-7080

Mother Earth

Leah with new book


When a mother…

When a mother writes, she observes the world.
When a mother reads to her children, she nurtures imagination.
When a mother sings songs of inspiration, she spreads joy.
When a mother searches out solutions, she role models creativity.
When a mother asks her child for an opinion, she brings forward voice into our world.
When a mother smiles, her home is warm and loving.
When a mother is self-aware, she holds a powerful fire!

-Leah Marie Dorion


Leah dorion has original art for sale through the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique in Saskatoon. 
They are located at 813 Broadway Avenue.

Leah Dorion Art


Strong Nations is proud to announce a new addition to our Strong Readers series ~ We welcome the work of Leah Marie Dorion! Forthcoming titles will introduce 8 new Métis leveled readers that will support all learners. Students will learn about our Métis Peoples and educators will be supported with embedded literacy instructional practices.

The Strong Readers series are currently available at  


Leah Dorion's latest children's book My First Metis Lobstick has been published by the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Visit to purchase! View the press release here.

My First Metis Lobstick




Indigenous rights, human rights, water rights, rights of the child, enter the age of survival, for all earthly species. Who will speak for them?

World ecological destruction from industrial pollution, oceans containing plastic reefs, toxic mercury, nuclear waste, is this humane?

What about rights of our whale, our salmon, our tuna to live in clean water? 

Traditional clan systems speak but who listens to the elderly, powerless, non-confrontational, and humble?

Fracking, uranium waste, toxic gases, intergenerational by-products of western capitalism…

What gives corporations the exclusive power to disregard the rights of all earthly species?  Media campaigns touting social responsibility, carbon credits…

Which world bank holds the royalty payment in “trust” for interspecies compensation of capitalist ecological destruction to their territories?   Will there be a time when our animal kingdom holds the balance of power?   Will they accept our blood money royalties or will they laugh at our ridiculous love for money and power?

Asbestos, arsenic, underground death rivers, birds dropping dead from the sky, deformities in caribou. Who will speak for them?

Development decisions made by elite millionaires drinking treated water, breathing from oxygen bars…Will people of privilege listen to our grandmothers and the clan mothers?

Treaties, agreements, false consultations, narrowly defined impact studies, duty to consult and accommodate, convenient distractions….while unmarked loads of radioactive waste move unknowingly through our communities and nations….decisions already made and implemented…

Enslavement, containment, misinformation, divide and conquer, all species indentured servants to oil and gas capitalist production, animal birth defects, infertility, allergies, as dark forces modify, commodify, strategize, and capitalize on suffering of all earthly species.

What about ALL our rights to clean air, clean water, clean food, clean land, and truthful education, as fish spawn in black sludge leaked from an uncontained tailings pond?

Oil slicked eggs, alarming death rates of pollinators, is this sustainability?

Who will speak for them?

Are there any balanced solutions we have not considered to heal the ugly truth of our current reality!

I will speak for equal rights to clean air, clean water, clean land, clean food, and pray every day as a beautiful blanket of white northern winter snow gives Mother Earth her well-earned rest.

Leah Marie Dorion, North Saskatchewan River, 2013
Leah and Lightning