I was reading a post earlier today (I can’t find it now cause I’m only on my phone) but anyways… The post made mention of Métis from the East not being accepted by groups of other Métis, specifically Red River. Now, in my experience the problem is more directed to the Nations definition in the East. Many mixed members identify as metis regardless of actual ancestry. What I mean is, if a First Nations woman had a child with a Non-Native in recent history that child would be referred to as metis even though they aren’t.. I cannot even count how many times I was asked which of my parents were native when I was living in Ottawa fully aware that they meant Status. There’s this weird thing happening with the Non-Native community that says Métis are not native..
That being said, I would never call someone out for identifying as Métis nor would I shun them from a Métis space. The only trouble is when it comes to roots and culture.
I’m not making any sense really… I’ll just conclude with the fact that I am a Métis woman, however, my younger sister is Status Tsimshian. If someone decided to suggest she identify as Metis due to our father being a Non-Native this would cause frustration and confusion… She is not métis because she’s mixed.