Who are the Métis?
Today the accepted definition of a Métis person, according to the Métis National Council, is someone who "self identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Indigenous peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation." The Métis Nation refers to the Métis people themselves and in order to be a Métis citizen under this definition, one must meet all of this criteria.
Am I Métis?
Do you self-identify as Métis? Do you consider yourself to be a Métis person without hesitancy?
Do you consider your culture distinct from other Indigenous groups? For example, you are not Inuit or part of another Indigenous group as your primary culture.
Do you have ancestral ties to the historic Métis Nation? Often this is traced back to a document called Scrip which was used for the issuance and allocation of land to which the Métis were promised, but often did not receive in the early days of Canadian History.
Does your Métis Community recognize you as their citizen? the FVMA will begin to recognize you as our citizen after you have attended at least 3 of our events or meetings.
If you answered yes, then we encourage you to apply for membership. If not, then you may still apply for an Associate Membership.
The Origins of the Métis
The Métis recognized themselves as a nation, formerly la nouvelle nation (1816) also known as Le Michif, as early as the 1700's when a subset of French and Scottish Voyageur Men engaged in the Fur Trade married with Anishinaabe and Cree Women and left their European based establishments. Anishinaabe refers to Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Saulteaux and other culturally related Indigenous peoples from what is now known as the Canadian Prairies and the Northern United States, primarily North and West of Montréal.
Yes the Métis have their roots before Canada and the United States had borders drawn, when our fore-fathers were exploring the North-West across rugged wilderness in glorious brotherhood across highways of rivers stretching to the North West Territories. The passion of their song and laughter has echoed through the ages via their tradition of storytelling passed down through the generations. Our fore-mothers taught the voyageurs about the land which their people know as Turtle Island and the ways their ancestors had learned to harness that land. Together they bonded over their shared goals and values and became a unique nation in their own right.
Often noted for their floral beadwork and flamboyant attire, the Métis often spoke a mixture of French, English and Anishinaabe Languages until the emergence of a more widely known and consistent language around the 1820's to 1840's called Michif.