We Are Included! The Métis People of Canada Realize Riel’s Vision

2004 John W Friesen and Virginia Lyons Friesen
Detselig Enterprises.

ISBN: 978-1550592726
The Métis people of Canada are experiencing a coming of age, a new beginning. Weary of living below the poverty level, amid poor social conditions, and with minimal educational opportunities, their leaders have finally addressed these issues with an effective voice. On September 19, 2003, they gained the legal right to be recognized as Aboriginal people via a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada… Legislation notwithstanding, there are other fronts on which Canada’s Métis people will continue to struggle well into the twenty-first century. A primary concern will be to achieve a measure of internal unity in order to present a solidarity front to their Canadian neighbors. Endorsement of their historical uniqueness and cultural contributions by Canadians will also be a worthy challenge. We Are Included! Provides historical background necessary to understanding the long struggle of the Métis for legal and cultural recognition. The authors outline the origin, development, and unique features of Métis lifestyle, trace the life of their leader, Louis Riel, and detail the legitimacy of Métis claims. The Supreme Court decision has given new hope to the Métis. Canadians need take this opportunity to become familiar with Canada’s newest Aboriginal community.
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