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Volume 1  March, 2011

Métis livid about proposed status system
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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."  The notice, which can be viewed here: states:

"there is a need to develop a common standardized approach for assessing the quality and integrity of membership systems employed by the five affiliate organizations [Métis Nation of Alberta Association, Métis Nation of British Columbia, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan]

"This would be a platform for ensuring that the systems and processes can be subject to objective verification. A major objective of this exercise is to identify a set of conditions, metrics and means of verifying those systems to a level which ensures a degree of confidence in those systems."

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 Census.

Officials from the INAC say they are open to hearing Chartrand's concern.


 Volume 1
On Day Dedicated to Native Americans, A Move to Honor Hopi Tribe's Code Talkers
New Office to Serve as Advocates for Tribal Veterans 
Metis Livid About Proposed Status System
Saying NO to $1 Billion Dollars
New Images of Remote Brazil Tribe
Amazonian Indians More Advanced Than We Knew
Australia's Aborigines to Launch Political Party
Irish Travellers to Shed Light on Indigenous Research

Volume 2
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Students Tell Saanich Myths Through Computer Animation  
Children's Book Exhibit Depicts Native Path to Diabetes Prevention
Mentoring Program Coming to Kodiak
100% Knights to Create Career Pathways for Aboriginal Students
Arizona Culinary School Recruits American Indians, Now Available for Federal Financial Aid
Book Lets Great Lakes American Indians Tell Their Own Story
Volume 3
UN Declares 2011 the "International Year of Forests"
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Limit Set for Native Polar Bear Hunters Under International Treaty
White House: Tribes Fare Well in 2012 Budget
Ziebach County South Dakota: America's Poorest County
Top 5 Obama Regulations that American Businesses Hate Most
The Top 11 Corporate Cash Hoarders
Volume 4
Donna Karan Collaborates With an Indigenous Artist as Part of "Nomad Two Worlds" Art Exhibit
Alligator Wrestling and the Men Who Do It
Custer Flag to Be Sold by DIA
Museums Work to Credit the Individuals Behind Native American Artwork
All My Relations Gallery Showcase for Native Art
Grammy Winner Helps Locals Build, Understand Flutes
German TV Crew Films Program About Nokota Horses

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