ICYMI - Maisonneuve magazine is publishing an article that I wrote about the anti-Indigenous/white supremacist origins of 2 largest "Québec métis" organizations in its next issue, out @ newsstands TOMORROW! Follow along for a sneak peek 😉
"In October 2004, a small group of hunters gathered in a large tent in the Chic Choc Mountains, south of Gaspésie National Park. Raymond Cyr, the director of an organization that delivers education for people with physical disabilities, had joined his cousin Marc LeBlanc, ...
a hunting and fishing guide, for the moose season. A tourist haven in the summer, the region becomes a hunting and fishing destination when the leaves start to turn. Rugged four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles, fully loaded trailers and weathered campers crisscross ...
More evidence of the fraudulent conduct by "Eastern métis" individuals and organizations. Check out the membership card for the Communauté Wik Wam Sun Oté, the "treaty partner" of the Council of the First Métis People of Canada [sic].
That same organization in NB had previously signed a "treaty" with the Métis Federation of Canada [sic]. They then hosted the first assembly of the Council of First Métis People of Canada [sic] in summer 2016.
Their member walked into a gas bar in a Mi'kmaw community in NS earlier today and presented their card, claiming it was a "status" card that granted them a tax exemption. Staff recognized it as a fraudulent card for a number of reasons:
Remember when a company tested 2 dogs as having "Indigenous" DNA? Well, it appears that the company, Accu-metrics (Viaguard), has now stopped offering its "First Nation, Metis & Native American DNA Testing Service." #raceshifting#selfindigenization
But not before its service facilitated the race shifting process. Here's an example of a new "métis" org in QC that was created on the strength of their bogus DNA testing. They have a partnership agreement. #raceshifting#selfindigenization
A few months later, the "chief" of that organization traveled to Paris with a range of other "chiefs" to file an official complaint with the UN about the federal government's non-recognition of their claims to Indigenous identity and rights.
About a year ago, @adamgaudry and I published an article that analyzed 2 organizations facilitating race shifting: "White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere." Follow the thread for access to an important data source.
I've since found an English-language translation of the brief that the (now) Métis Nation of the Rising Sun [sic] presented back in 2007 to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission arguing that there are no distinct Indigenous peoples in QC, only the "métis"! (4 pages of 6 attached).
The brief, presented to a public audience in Sherbrooke, starts by saying: "We present you this document as the only direct descendants of the First Peoples in QC, [...] whose members have been killed by microbial shock." #biologicalracism#raceshifting#selfindigenization
There's active Acadian genealogy community seeking to identify Indigenous women in 1600s for purpose of constructing "Acadian-métis" identity today. Catherine Lejeune, a woman born in France, has fallen victim to the #selfindigenization movement through no fault of her own.
"I want to talk to you about Acadians who embarrass me. And for once, it's not about elected officials. I mean the Acadians who claim to be Métis out of the blue because they just found out that there might be benefits in doing so."
"Most have known all their lives that they may have an Aboriginal ancestor, but it's a legal decision favourable to Aboriginal peoples or a rumour of benefits that has made them proud of this ancestor, no matter how remote or uncertain they may be [re: that ancestor's identity]."
The Québec Court of Appeal has finally released their judgment in the Corneau case, the first Powley case filed in eastern provinces (2006). It decided that individuals + organization involved did NOT prove the existence of a historic Métis community.
You may remember this case because it involves the so-called métis organization that was created by a range of white rights activists to oppose land claims in Innu territory. I've written about them extensively.
More remarkable efforts by Métis Nation of the Rising Sun [sic], which was founded by 9 hunters in 2006 to oppose a Mi'kmaw territorial project. 2 weeks ago in court they claimed that their "Métis Nation" has existed for over 10,000 years!!
A few choice excerpts in translation: "The [Métis Nation of the Rising Sun] was incorporated on June 16, 2006, but the Gaspésie [and region] Métis community was born 10,000 years ago."
Their Grand-Chief [sic] continues: "The Nation [sic] will submit treaties, including contracts demonstrating Aboriginal rights over its vast territory, rights to hunt, to fish ... that have never been surrendered, territory reserved [for] all natural descendants to infinity."
It's worth posting this table again given attention that "Acadian-métis" organizations have been getting in media. Remember that organizations representing a distinct "métis" people in NS first emerged after the Marshall decision (1999) + again after the Powley decision (2003).
Another table looking at these remarkable stats from another angle. This time, the proportion of Aboriginal people identifying as Métis in the census:
I did 2 DNA ancestry tests with this company last year (1 anonymous) and they came back with significantly different results. Their "Native American DNA" product is a total fraud. There's ZERO way to test for tribal or FN origins. ZERO. This is photo of package they sent me.
Last night @CBCTheNational ran a video report on one of the many orgs representing "Québec Métis" (90% of its membership)... Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada/Québec [sic], which claims to have 50,000 members:
It's clear from report that they're involved in fraudulent activities that harm actual Indigenous peoples' self-determination/sovereignty. It's only 1 of dozens of such orgs in ON, QC, NB, & NS. Here's the database that I've been compiling: docs.google.com/document/d/1AS…
The Eastern Woodlands Métis Nation [sic] (30,000 members) also encourages its members to use their membership cards illegally in NS, a practice that Mi'kmaw folks have been calling out for years. Here are meeting minutes (May 29, 2016) from its website:
There are many synergies with Jill Doerfler's 2015 book "Those Who Belong: Identity, Family, Blood, and Citizenship among the White Earth Anishinaabeg" and Palmater's focus on opposing strictly blood-based logics to define Mi'kmaw identity and belonging.
From Palmater's book: “However, the biggest impact the Indian Act has had is in changing the relationship from one between the Crown and Indigenous nations to one between Canada and individual Indians” (37).
1- Taking a deep dive into the Communauté métisse du Domaine-du-Roy et de la Seigneurie de Mingan (CM) this am, the first self-declared “métis” org to file a court case post-Powley. That case reached the QC Court of Appeal in May 2017. Waiting for decision any day.
2- CM’s origins in January 2005 were in anti-Innu and white rights activism. They’ve left a LOT of traces, including in the 31 interviews (2007) with its founders that it submitted in the court case.
3- What’s clear through member oral histories conducted by a sympathetic anthropologist for the purpose of “proving” their claim is that these folks came to work together as white rights activists first and foremost.
For those following debate about the “Acadian-Métis”, a new report by Seb Malette et al. was released this week that claims to prove definitively the existence of a second Indigenous people in present-day NS. "An Ethnographic Report on the Acadian-Métis":
The report engages in some of the same leaps of logic that have become common among proponents of the existence of an “eastern métis” people. Allow me to outline some of the more egregious efforts … I’ll provide a more detailed analysis at a later time …
1- Incredibly, in a 90+-page report, there is no consideration of Mi’kmaw perspectives on the existence of another Indigenous people on Mi’kmaw territory! Without a doubt, considering Mi’kmaw historical or contemporary perspectives would invalidate their conclusions…
1- The largest self-identified métis organization in Canada started as a 9-member hunting rights organization that opposed a Mi'kmaw territorial agreement with the provincial government in Gaspésie (QC) in 2005. In 2017, it claimed to have 16,000-20,000 registered members.
2- That's right, from 9 members to up to 20,000 in just over a decade! They have a wide open membership policy that accepts a number of French women ancestors as Indigenous ancestors, such as Catherine Pillard (see below): nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-…
3- They're also big proponents of the entire "Acadian-Metis" narrative, since many Acadians migrated to Gaspésie after the Expulsion(s) in the 1750s/60s.
1- So, it turns out that my research and writing about white settler self-indigenization, what I'm calling hyperdescent --> race-shifting, has led to additional efforts to silence me. Follow along for a bit if you want to find out more!
2- The 'chief' of the new organization, the Council of the First Métis People of Canada (circa 2017), has put out a call to individuals and orgs to collect all of my communications re: 'Eastern Métis' in order to build a court case against me:
3- She's also raising $$ for the case, in order to 'put a stop to [my] slanderous harassment and racism against our eastern Metis people.' Over the past 2+ years, those of us who work on this issue have faced a range of similar threats.