Hey, anyone out there have some knowledge or examples of Metis communities that are relatively active and successful outside of Federal funds? Myself and another youth are looking into ways to bring our community some consistency and ways to offer programming without depending on the Federal governments funding.
So yeah, help or advice would be appreciated!
MNGV jigging workshop this weekend. We were short some men so I had to step into the role hence the sash as an identifier (although it didn’t help much).
Lisa Shepherd is here Friday-Sunday for a discussion and jigging workshop. Then I need to organize weekly/biweekly jigging for the youth with the hopes we’ll have a performance for May’s big potluck.
This is all a very good reason as to why I really shouldn’t have a respiratory tract infection. I NEED LUNG FUNCTION. YOU CAN’T JIG WITHOUT LUNG FUNCTION.
There’s this new member into our community and I just happened to be the first youth who connected with him. Well now I’m getting constantly bombarded with questions and discussions. He’s VERY religious, I am not. He also won’t stop referring to himself as a “new metis”. No, you’re old-ass Metis, bro. You just newly discovered it. Also, tonight brought up the new court ruling on Non-Status and Metis assuming I was jumping for joy about it. I’m not. I’m wary. As a native woman I am always wary. Cue him spewing religious shit about hope, faith, and divine intervention-type stuff. Anyways, I told him I’ll be less wary when we have a PM that I have confidence in and he asks, “Do you like our PM?”
I repeat, “Do you like our PM?”
To which I would have loved to reply, “Do you?” but I didn’t. He then says, “Scratch that, don’t answer that. I am not very into politics so I don’t know a lot. Being a new metis and all.” I had to sit up and centre myself before I responded. “I don’t dislike Harper because I’m Métis. They are Indigenous issues that influence my decision but it’s not 100% of my opinion.”
I’m just curious as to how many Métis actually have their “card”? And whether it’s a community or provincial card.
I’ve personally been going through some inner debate regarding my provincial card. I have community acceptance, and for me that is all I need. But, the people in my community have really been pushing for me to get my provincial card in order to run for Regional Youth Rep. Part of me doesn’t want to be associated with MNBC and the other part knows that change will not happen with out action or involvement.
I’m a firm believer that a card does not validate my identity. I’m just really interested to know how many Métis have a card (community or provincial) and why or why not?
My grandmother Joyce (the elder girl in front) with my great-aunt Barb, great-uncle Don, and great-Grandfather Dennis Smith. I believe this photo is from their home on Haida Gwaii, then known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.