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The historic communities of the fur trade are well documented, and stretch across the continent, along its rivers and lakes. From Hudson's Bay and James Bay, to "le pays en haut" (northern Ontario and Quebec), eastward to Quebec city, down the St. Lawrence seaway to Detroit and beyond, along the great lakes and west to what was at that time known as the "northwest territories", and further west to Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, the territory our ancestors lived in is vast.
Knowing which Metis community you belong to before you apply will save you time and money, as application to one group might end in refusal of membership which means you would then need to apply to another group. Since Metis groups are not part of the same overall organization, the application fee you pay to one is not transferable to another. They do not share files with each other and their registries are separate entities.
Since each group has its own mandate, finding out ahead of time which organization will best represent you with regard to negotiating rights, funding or social programs is also an important step before you apply.
Anyone with Native American ancestry whose ancestors lived in our "French Canadian" communities, which were generally along the Great Lakes, can apply for Metis Status with our registry. Our families congregated together and practiced a common culture, and even if nobody was saying the word "Native", and even if they hid their identity for generations, our culture is alive and well today in many of these families. Our goal is to share this culture.
Our extensive kinship ties are not exclusive, as we are well aware that Metis persons in a community naturally gravitated toward the same culture and practiced it, whether they were visibly native or not. Metis culture is a blend of two other cultures, so it is not the same as either. Both have influenced it. Many people think they need to become culturally First Nations to be considered Metis but that is not true. Metis culture is no more like First Nations culture than being Filipino would make someone Chinese. Also, racism does not stop to ask someone who their ancestors were or how far back they are before making someone a victim. If you came from a family with visibly Native members, then you were a target.
There were so many social and political reasons to hide identity. So many people today don't know how to find documents to prove their native ancestors, let alone which group they belonged to. Not only do we help you find them, but we provide you with whatever records or information we have. No other organization does this.
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