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Joyce Roberts

November 18, 2014

joyce.jpgJoyce Roberts was born in New Westminster, BC. An interesting Roberts' family fact, Joyce is married to Jim Roberts and has had 3 wonderful children; they were all born in the Royal Columbian hospital in New Westminster. Although Joyce was born in New Westminster she says that she loves Prince George and would never move back to the Lower Mainland.


For as long as she can remember, Joyce has known she was of Native ancestry, although for the longest time did not know specifically what Nation she belonged to. Recently she has connected to family members who are of Ojibwa and Cree descent. Joyce has also discovered in the 1600's her descendents came from France, a relative on her father's side of the family helped map the Great Lakes in Ontario and in Quebec. Joyce's father was born in North Dakota and traveled by wagon train up to Edmonton, Alberta. Her parents met while her father was stationed in Dauphin, Manitoba, where her mother was born and grew up. Once they were married they had 2 children and moved to the Lower Mainland where they had 5 more children.


Joyce has been an active volunteer in the Métis community for the last 15 years. She started by making traditional ribbon shirts and today her creations are all across Canada and around the world, as far away as China! Joyce enjoys to continually educating herself, she has gained more knowledge of buffalo hunts, the numerous uses of the Métis sash; history of the Red River cart and has learned to make many traditional crafts. Joyce was instrumental in the creating and production of the Métis culture kits, they are available at the District Resource Centre (DRC). Joyce also helped to develop and create the Grandchildren of the North Jigging group; she co-managed with Doreen Spence for 7 years. More recently, Joyce has been hard at work with the All Nations Elders group producing the 4th edition of, "Sharing our Stories". Joyce and her husband Jim have 3 children and are blessed with 16 grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren; spending time with her family is what Joyce enjoys most in life.