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The People Who Own Themselves: Recognition of Metis Identity in Canada

The People Who Own Themselves: Recognition of Metis Identity in Canada

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A Canada Senate Report on Metis Identity. Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
A Canada Senate Report on Metis Identity. Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Feb 26, 2014
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The question of Métis identity is very complex and, as noted previously, not within the
mandate of this committee to answer. Still, a general understanding of the issues affecting
modern Métis identity is an essential precursor to understanding how the Métis may be

appropriately recognized as one of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.

This question includes complex historical, political, cultural and legal dimensions. For
many Métis individuals and communities, their sense of identity is influenced by a combination
of these key factors. The following section therefore surveys the issues surrounding these key
factors, in order to provide relevant background information and to contextualize the discussion
presented in the next section of this report.

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