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There are also discussion about connection to culture as a métis, so it is not always focused on blood. Big ‘M’ Métis tends to be an socio-political definition, referring to the blend of First Nations and European cultures resulting in the genesis of a new identity.However, the cultural connection referred to is generally First Nations culture, not a distinct métis culture. There is less focus on “race”, although kinship ties are very much present.My understanding of my Métis identity has shifted considerably over the years.You see, I was only about 5 years old when the term Métis was recognised officially in section 35(2) of the Constitution Act of 1982.Following this through, you could imagine emerging Métis communities, not just historical ones.You mean, what is the definition I use for myself and thus present as the definition all others must live by?So when I stopped being ashamed (a longer story there) and started to feel a I turned towards the concept of a Métis national identity.
I am going to speak for myself, not for all Métis peoples.
What I knew but did not understand, is that we were related to pretty much everyone in Alberta, lots of people in Saskatchewan and a bunch of people in northern BC.
Some of our relations lived on Stoney reserves, others lived on Cree reserves, still others had farms near places like Keephills, Smokey Lake, Rivière Qui Barre and so on.
More important, I’d argue, than just knowing the state of the categories right now…but you have to start from somewhere! If I have any academic readers, I apologise in advance for bringing up debates or issues that some academics think are settled, or should be moved past.
Whether or not I agree, the fact is that most Canadians have not been a part of these mostly internal discussions. His eyes snap back and he’s got a skeptical look on his face, “Oh,” he says, sounding disappointed and perhaps a little triumphant to have found a fake, “so you’re like, a quarter Indian?