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Here are a few excerpts from interviews in the "Métis of the Maritimes" online archive. The project was led by an anthropologist who interviewed 15 "Acadian-métis" leaders between 2009-2012.

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#1: "I just want the government to recognize us as who we are. We have Aboriginal blood. There are no First Nations in Canada who are not Métis, all First Nations are Métis. The only difference between them and us is that they live on reserve." #raceshifting
#1: "We didn't get First Nations rights. It's a good thing we didn't because when yr on a reserve, yr tied, u can't do what u want to do, and u have people telling u what u want to do. But as a Canadian, u can do what u want to do; u can be who u want to be." #raceshifting
#9: "After 1755, there were no real Aboriginals in New Brunswick. There weren't anymore because they were all decimated by [...] illnesses and wars. So, the only ones that survived were the Métis." #raceshifting
#8: "For example, many of the words I used as a child and still use today can be found in the Mechif language dictionaries belonging to the Métis who live in the Prairies today." #raceshifting
#2: "About 8 years ago [...] my son went 2 Tracadie and there was a guy there who could tell u where u were from, things like that, and he said to me, “Dad, we’re Indians.” I said, “What? Indians? I don’t know where you’d get that”. But he said, “No, we’re Métis, we’re Mikmaq.”
#2: " I don't know, he was just there and he meet that guy and he was charging, I guess, it was ten dollars--he just ask you if you want to know if you had Indian blood in you or not. And that's how he found out."
#2: "Acadians, 2 me, don’t exist. I won’t say that this is how everyone else feels, but 2 me there aren’t any Acadians. They have their own national holiday, but I’ve never heard of a real Acadian. It’s just a name they gave to our people, at least in this area. We’re all Métis."
#4: "But one thing that bothers me is we're not accepted by the government. It's hard when they say you don't exist. You pay taxes… you exist. We're not interested in money or land, we're retired – we had jobs, we paid taxes and contributed…"
#6: "I'm proud of being called a savage. A savage is a man from the earth. That's what it means and I'm proud of being called a man from the earth because I like to be out in the woods."
#6: "Because Mi'kmaqs are only slaves in a pen, in a compound, that's all it is, it's a shame that once they're on their reserve they have no more rights. We have more rights outside the reserve than they do. [...] They can't hunt outside the reserve.”
#6: "The Indians were giving their daughters to the white people. That's how the Métis came about. [...] The chiefs were giving their daughters to the white men. It was a privilege for an Indian chief to give his daughter; they were given away like animals at the time."
#3: "How can I put it, it's, you know, it's as, [pause] I think it's as drastic, saying you're a Métis, as a homosexual coming out of the closet. To that point. There's a lot of surprise sometimes."
Interviewer: "Métis" is a very broad term. Are you Métis from your mother's side or father's side?
#5: I'm Métis from my mother's side.
Int: And she's Native?
#5: My mother was not Native, no. The Native ancestry comes a few generations back. My mother herself was French Acadian”
Interviewer: Now do you know if your ancestry is Mi'kmaq or Maliseet?
#5: I don't know that, I don't know that.
Interviewer: And is there any way of finding out?
#5: There may be. I can do further research which I haven't done to this point, but I can.”
#10: "Our biggest struggle is to be recognized as a group. The federal government doesn't really recognize us, the Natives don't recognize us, the French don't, but we get respect from the English. ...
[...] The French and the other cultures don't want anything to do with us. They want us to be called French. I may speak/parler Français, [...] but I'm not French. I'm Métis. I have French blood but I would rather not be French. That's a personal thing.”
#10-"There's no such thing, [...] in the Maritimes as a full-blooded Native, they're all mixed breed. They all have a little bit of white blood now because they've been here since the 1500s and we're in the year 2000 so that's over about 500 years now. So there's been a mixture.”
#10: "If we go with the Natives, the Natives are scared that we're going to take all their treasures away from them. They don't realize that they're in prison on reserves. Reserves are prisons and they're run by their own people ...
If you look at the reservations here in Canada, if you take a child and you give him all his wants and his needs, he doesn't have to look out for himself, to go to work or anything."
10 -"Now the extreme example of this, you heard the problems we had in Burnt Church with the Natives? But who were the people against them? It was the people of Baie Sainte Anne and they had Native blood and they were against the Natives and didn't want them to fish!"
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