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These are the days when I wished I had someone to just decompress some of the bullshit with. Someone who has a shred of a clue as to what it’s like navigating this society. I really wish I just had another close indigenous friend to have these conversations with.

Lately I’ve heard a bunch of problematic and annoying remarks regarding Métis and identity..

I’m just really peeved, folks.

Hummingbird #1 for my moccasins.

Hummingbird #1 for my moccasins.

Reblogged from knightoftaurus

sagethenate:

Indigenous youth have so much to say and so very little opportunity to say what they need to say, and also have those feelings validated and affirmed by their community.

THIS. I’ve even heard grumbling about the funding we receive… That we APPLY for. It’s there and I will be damned if I’ll let it dwindle instead of utilizing it so that our youth gain the knowledge and experiences to stand up even taller.

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.

Abuse of Cree Elder in Prince George, B.C.

Looking for Metis Community resources!

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.