What it means to be Métis in Canada

Our Culture

Sweet grass is one of the four plants considered as sacred to First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It is known for its sweet scent, which intensifies when it rains or burns. It is found across North America and Northern Europe below the Arctic Circle.

When a culture appropriates the creation of a food or a tradition of another, that’s where we talk about cultural appropriation

Our History

Did you know that the Métis flag dates as far back as 1815? It is among the oldest flags originating in Canada. Its unique infinity symbol represents both the Métis culture’s permanency and the union of two cultures. The blue background represent French Métis and the red background represents English Métis.

Our Identity

Did you know that we are the only race who need to prove who we are, that all other races merely check mark a box and all is good?

The following quote also applies to any other races.

“You want to tell me I’m not Latino enough? Why don’t you stop speaking and look in the mirror and speak to yourself because you’re telling me something that you actually probably feel about yourself.” – Gina Rodriguez

Our Struggle

Many First Nations, Inuit and Métis women live in poverty. This includes food insecurity, lack of reliable health care, low wages, and social exclusions.

 

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