Charles Kader should seriously do some historical research and reading on metis history and their genesis in western Canada. The word ''metis'' has entirely lost it's original meaning today. Anyone can self-identify as ''metis'' today in Canada, and is similar to people in the United States claiming Cherokee ancestry. Originally the metis were mixed blood people of French and Indian mixture who developed their own unique culture which blended both cultures. Their own unique language even developed among the metis which is ''metchif" French nouns and Cree or Ojibway verbs. The original metis were strong practicing Catholics and incorporated Indigenous legal concepts into their governing communities. The word 'metis' is a meaningless concept now, with so many non-Indigenous peoples going around claiming a 'metis' identity in order to receieve benefits or apply for job and educational quotas. It's a sham.
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 12:27