The land base at Kikino Métis Settlement, a Métis community of over 1000 resident members, is comprised of 107,635 acres. The Settlement is situated in north-eastern Alberta where it shares a boundary with Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement.
While the local economy at Kikino is diverse, as with the other seven Settlements, it is grounded in the land and the ability to live off the land and its resources. Kikino has benefited from successful oil and gas exploration and development, as well as forestry resources. Today, the local economy emphasizes construction, ranching, aggregate sales, oilfield activities and tourism.
Kikino is home to a number of exceptional musicians and performers that have truly made a mark in Métis history. This Settlement is home to the renowned Kikino Northern Lights Dancers, a youth dance group known locally and nationally for their astounding talent in traditional Métis dance. The dance group was started in 1978, by a group of Kikino Métis Elders who identified a need to teach their young people Métis traditional dance and music. By teaching the youth these traditions and others, Métis culture and values are maintained for future generations. Today, the Kikino Northern Lights Dancers are some of the finest Métis dancers and jiggers in Canada.
The vocal talent of another Kikino member, Priscilla Morin has been recognized nationally by the Canadian music industry. In 2000, Morin, a member of the Kikino Métis Settlement, received the award for Best Country Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Throughout her music career, Priscilla has toured western Canada, performing in festivals, concerts and community events. Her phenomenal voice and dedication to her music has gained her national and international recognition in the music industry.
For more on the history of the settlement and the Metis of Alberta see our history page.