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In a previous post, I described what it is like as an Alberta Métis to come to Quebec and realise that ‘Métis’ does not mean the same thing here.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.My blogger name reflects that history, as âpihtawikosisân literally means ‘half-son’ in Cree.
I am going to speak for myself, not for all Métis peoples.
(I warned some of you I’d be rehashing supposedly ‘old’ territory!
) If you were to boil down common approaches to Métis identity, you generally end up with two categories, sometimes overlapping, sometimes entirely separate, sometimes with all sorts of anomalies left over and scattered about.
There are also discussion about connection to culture as a métis, so it is not always focused on blood. Big ‘M’ Métis tends to be an socio-political definition, referring to the blend of First Nations and European cultures resulting in the genesis of a new identity.
However, the cultural connection referred to is generally First Nations culture, not a distinct métis culture. There is less focus on “race”, although kinship ties are very much present.