Métis leaders react swiftly to federal moves to regulate identity
Barely two days after MEDIA INDIGENA wrote about possible efforts by Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to oversee the process of verifying Métis identity, leaders from the affected groups have come out swinging.
CBC News writes that Manitoba Métis Federation president David Chartrand is “furious” and “determined to fight,” and quotes his description of INAC’s move as effectively “dismantling” decades of work carried out on behalf of his people.
Now, it’ll be interesting to see what numbers any INAC-driven identity-verification process would ultimately come up with for the overall Métis population. When that day eventually arrives, let’s make sure we compare it to the numbers asserted by organizations like the Métis National Council:
In September 2002, the Métis people adopted a national definition of Métis for citizenship within the Métis Nation. Based on this definition, it is estimated that there are 350,000 to 400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada. The Métis Nation is now in the process of uniformly implementing this definition across the Homeland as well as developing a consistent acceptance process.
Like everything else, the devil is in the details: put another way, implementation or application is 9/10ths of any definition. This story could only just be heating up methinks.