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I am going to ‘get personal’ so that people cannot effectively twist my words later and use them to deny others who feel that they too are Métis.
I am going to speak for myself, not for all Métis peoples.
While there is no unanimous consensus, scholars generally consider the Métis to be Red River Métis and their descendants throughout the diaspora.
Others consider any community to be Métis where it was founded by métis who developed their own culture and shared a history.
The term ‘halfbreed‘ still got tossed around a lot when I was growing up and was pretty ubiquitous in my parent’s and grandparent’s time.
I’m not a shut-in…I realised that there were different definitions out there, I simply hadn’t lived where I was by them before.Names like L’Hirondelle, Loyer, Callihoo (spelled a million different ways), Belcourt…those were a dead give away that someone was related to me somehow.But aside from the odd family story that didn’t interest me as a child (but fascinate me now as an adult), I knew very little about our regional history.My blogger name reflects that history, as âpihtawikosisân literally means ‘half-son’ in Cree.On one extreme of little ‘m’ métis identity, one must actually be half First Nations and half not.