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.