The Métis are a group of peoples in Canada who trace their descent to First Nations peoples and European settlers.
In 2003, the Supreme Court of Canada defined Métis as someone who self-identifies as Métis, has an ancestral connection to the historic Métis community, and is accepted by the modern community with continuity to the historic Métis community.
Historically, the traditional Métis "homeland" included much of the Canadian Prairies centering on southern and central parts of Manitoba.
They now are dispersed throughout Canada, residing in both rural and urban areas.
The Métis today predominantly speak French, with English a strong second language.
The blending of European and Indigenous traditions has created a unique and rich Métis culture. In traditional music and dance, Métis fiddling and jigging combine European and Indigenous influences (see Music of the Métis). Métis fiddle music is generally up-tempo and is accompanied by the fast footwork of jiggers. Though there are many fiddle tunes and dances, the most well-known is the Red River Jig, which emerged in the early to mid-1700s. Today, the Métis people still perform traditional music and dances at local and national competitions, community gatherings, powwows and conferences.
Citation from Canadian Encyclopedia
The religious beliefs of the Métis people were a combination of two worlds, like most aspects of their culture. Their spirituality was influenced by both their mothers’ Native heritage and their fathers’ more European beliefs. It was common for the Métis to combine elements of Native (mostly Ojibwa and Cree), and Catholic or Protestant religions. Church - Many Métis people went to Catholic or Protestant churches on a regular basis. Marriage and other customs - Many Métis were married in a church (following Catholic or Protestant traditions) and were buried in Catholic or Protestant cemeteries.
Pray God will work in the minds and hearts of Métis to understand and receive the message of Christ.
Pray Métis Christians will boldly share the message of Christ with the least reached peoples in North America.
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