To parents about dating
My understanding of my Métis identity has shifted considerably over the years.
You see, I was only about 5 years old when the term Métis was recognised officially in section 35(2) of the Constitution Act of 1982.
In another post, I talked about Pan-Indianism, and also Pan-Métisism.
As a racial category, one is little ‘m’ métis when they are not fully Indian or non-aboriginal. This is not the only term that was used, we were also called half-bloods, half-breeds, michif, bois brûlé, chicot, country-born, mixed bloods, and so on.
So when I stopped being ashamed (a longer story there) and started to feel a I turned towards the concept of a Métis national identity.
That is when I started learning about a larger history than my own poorly understood, ‘boring-anyway’ regional one.
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.