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 mean, what is the definition I use for myself and thus present as the definition all others must live by?
Oh come on, are identity issues that easily navigated, even on an individual level?
We verwachten niet dat je elke dag urenlang de badkamer blokkeert om er goed uit te zien.
We hebben de haarstijlen van enkele beroemdheden onder de loep genomen en vonden enkele prachtige kapsels die je elke dag kan dragen.
On one extreme of little ‘m’ métis identity, one must actually be half First Nations and half not.
On the other extreme, one can be métis with only a minimal amount of First Nations blood.
Others consider any community to be Métis where it was founded by métis who developed their own culture and shared a history.
Following this through, you could imagine emerging Métis communities, not just historical ones.
) If you were to boil down common approaches to Métis identity, you generally end up with two categories, sometimes overlapping, sometimes entirely separate, sometimes with all sorts of anomalies left over and scattered about.
You, my egg-nog drinking friend who thinks it’s appropriate to quiz me on my ‘background’ are using the little ‘m’ definition. This is the category I’ve encountered most in Quebec.
You can just imagine the range of arguments involved in deciding where along the spectrum of ‘blood quantum’ is supposedly legitimate.