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There are also discussion about connection to culture as a métis, so it is not always focused on blood. Big ‘M’ Métis tends to be an socio-political definition, referring to the blend of First Nations and European cultures resulting in the genesis of a new identity.

However, the cultural connection referred to is generally First Nations culture, not a distinct métis culture. There is less focus on “race”, although kinship ties are very much present.

You can imagine how confusing it is in terms of forming an identity, to be known by so many ill-defined names.

While there is no unanimous consensus, scholars generally consider the Métis to be Red River Métis and their descendants throughout the diaspora.

Others consider any community to be Métis where it was founded by métis who developed their own culture and shared a history.

My blogger name reflects that history, as âpihtawikosisân literally means ‘half-son’ in Cree.

On one extreme of little ‘m’ métis identity, one must actually be half First Nations and half not.

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