Métis livid about proposed status system
Manitoba: David Chartrand is president of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Chartrand is fighting the Canadian government's plan of determining who gets Metis status -- and who doesn't.
"There's some big things at stake here," Chartrand said. "All of a sudden we'll have a dismantling of all the work we've done for the last 23 years."
Currently, each province has a different set of rules. Now Indian and Northern Affairs Canada wants the Canadian Standards Association to create a unified system for determining Métis status. The CSA is best known for approving products like light bulbs and microwaves.
Metis leaders are furious that an organization which oversees household items could also approve Metis status.
A branch of INAC
-- the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians -- will pay $50,000 -
$100,000 for a study entitled “Development of
a Verification Strategy for Métis Identification Systems."
which can be viewed here:
If CSA waters-down the criteria of "who is Metis," it would be a huge set-back for decades of progress made by today's members. The change would affect their progress of being recognized as a distinct group of people, developing tribal governance, creating economic opportunities, and sharing in the prosperity of the country.
According to INAC's website, 291,000 people in
Canada identified themselves as Métis in the 2001
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