Iron Head Bison Ranch is on Treaty 1 Territory – the traditional land of the Ininiw (Cree), Anishinábé (Ojibwé), Anishiniw (Ojibwé Cree), Dakota, and Dene people, as well as the Birthplace of the Red River Métis.
Bison have a long history with Indigenous culture, providing them with food, clothing, fuel, tools, shelter, and spiritual value. It’s hard to believe that at one point in our history, bison roamed North America in the millions.
During the early fur trade, Métis people had many land-based skills such as hunting, trapping, and gathering. Land and resources were the base of the economic system, and survival depended largely on natural resources.
Bison, frequently referred to as buffalo, was a significant resource for Indigenous Peoples of North America, providing food and raw materials until their near extinction in the late 19th century.
We at Iron Head Bison hope to carry on the traditions of our ancestors. We have created a space where traditional food from the land can be provided. It’s a vision of Iron Head Bison to maintain intergeneration continuity of our traditional land use.
It’s our cultural norm as Métis people to share meat with extended families. We have carried on this tradition by providing bison meat to food hampers for the MMF throughout Manitoba.
In the News
The bison to protect biodiversity and its culture
CBC Radio interview with Iron Head Bison Ranch
Have a listen to Iron Head Bison Ranch owners Jason and Erin Boily with CBC Radio Noon Manitoba.
Radio Noon with Marjorie Dowhos
Dec. 6, 2021 Iron Head Bison Ranch – running strong in southeast Manitoba