The definition you had read of the Metis being just frecnh and native is totally false.
The Metis are the offspring of the peaceful alliances based on trade and family alliance between indigenous families and clans and the other peoples of the world. This includes French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Maltese, German, Swiss, African, Russian and other nations. Our traditional name defines our free born origins and has changed from Coureur du bois, to Voyageur, to wood runners, Bois Brule, the Free people, etc..
Some of our origins can date back in our families to the Metis river which is about halfway through Nova Scotia and means in the middle. In the early 1800's we were mostly known as Bois Brule until the English associated with Lord Selkirk, as agents for the Hudson's Bay Company and the English Crown, were trying to destroy our trade based economy and lifestyle, began to attempt to take our lands without permission or rights. His employees used the words in a derogatory sense to single out our families for exclusion from British entitlement to our traditional and inherited land settlements. By 1817 we had united our families to defend our entitlement and raised the blue flag with the infinity symbol as our call to national defense of our rights. Our territories at that time included settlement territories spread over three fourths of the united states and all of the known territories in Canada. Our inheritance and identity stems from our indigenous mothers, fathers and grandmothers who chose to stay as trading families and includes the same indigenous origins as the majority of the nations on turtle island.
When the Americans purchased the so called French land entitlement from Napolean some of our families chose to stay under British land entitlement and moved further north. Many of our families stayed south of the imaginary border and were part of the nations throughout the Great Plains and most of the eastern and western seaboards. In 1850 the US government passed a law stating that only american citizens could own land so many Metis families in the south were forced to register as American citizens to keep hold of the properties. Many lost their properties and moved back closer to, or onto, the modern reserves. The Canadians used the numbered treaties as a follow up of the American approach to attempt to challenge our title to indigenous lands in Canada.
We are an indigenous family that is tied responsibly to live on this sacred earth according to all of the traditions we have inherited from all of our ancestors. We are the holders of the peaceful terms of alliance entered into by our ancestors. We are still in the middle yet our boat now takes up the majority of the river.
Hope that helps,
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Carrying the Chalice Forward
and Other Secret Stories of North America.