‘Alternative’ Metis Nation Alert; Frauds exposed from the west to the east

Updated October 26, 2018:  News reports on fraudulent ‘status’ cards and police investigations, and APTN interview with Professor researching the ‘eastern Metis’ groups.

This is not new news, it has been reported in previous years, but it doesn’t seem to quell the ongoing efforts of those who would take advantage of a history not well known nor those who would reward them in the name of ‘reconciliation’ or any other feel-good motivation.

Although I’m aware of several well-known & award winning Canadians who have been exposed as having usurped Indigenous identity on which to build a career, i.e. Joseph Boyden, I’ve just learned of another, the Order of Canada and several other prestigious awards recipient, David Bouchard.

Bouchard, who claims Metis ancestry, was exposed for using the officially recognized Metis (Michif) Nation for his own background and gain, after it was discovered he didn’t meet the required ancestral lineage. He responded by creating ‘alternative metis’ groups, which appear to be based in some idea of a pan-Indigenous society. Let’s make it clear, Indigenous nations are nations as much as any other in the world.

Bouchard originally participated in the 2002 creation of the official BC Metis Nation arm of the recognized Metis Nation, but his card and involvement was rescinded when he failed the organization’s own requirement of meeting a current line of five direct generations to the prairie Michif people, history, culture, etc.

His ancestry was related to one Algonquin woman ancestor born in 1621. In 2013, he added to his lineage, a Chippewa grandfather and a grandmother from the middle-U.S. nation, the Osage,  circa 1800s. These details were provided from research by a U.S. genealogist who declared Bouchard a Metis. Unfortunately that’s not how citizenship inclusion works. The research declared Bouchard as having mixed ancestry, but that research must then be taken to the Canadian situated and recognized Metis Nation for verification and then it is they who grant inclusion into the nation. It is understood that an updated application was not submitted to the Metis Nation.

Although Bouchard’s level of involvement in the 2011 creation of the alternative group, the “BC Metis Federation” is unclear, he went on to create his own alternative national group, the Metis Federation of Canada in 2013, with Karole Dumont as first registrar and Sebastien Malette as “legal advisor”.  Neither of these groups require lineage linked to the Michif history.

The level to which these people have done damage to the reputation of the recognized Metis Nation and to the people who they sign onto their organizations with the same level of ancestral connections – which is to say non-existent to barely, has many in the Indigenous communities stating these kind of mis-representations could be considered  fraudulent.

They go further though. They have members who seek out and harass anyone who speaks out about them by swarming on social media, contacting employers to claim all sort of reverse harassment, to threatening lawsuits.

They harm the recognized Indigenous peoples by mis-representing history, snatching opportunities in employment, awards, grants, scholarships and any other avenue meant to lend a hand up to the marginalized, and they mislead thousands of people into unwittingly believing they too belong to a community.

The Metis Nation is an established nation with a real history and verifiable detail for centuries. For example, as a member of this nation, I could only state on my application my “Metis” – my Michif ancestry, not my Cree, Haudenosaunee, or any other Indigenous nation to which I’m related.

The details of these organizations are publicly available, as are the officially recognized Metis Nation on their own and the Government of Canada’s websites, yet award, grant or bursary organizations, employers, and especially the Canadian media have not thought to act on determining who is officially recognized, as they hand out opportunities meant for the Indigenous. The unfortunate result are long waiting lists for recognized nation members often held back for years, if not entirely rejected.

There is no pan-Indigenous society or ‘nation’ that one with any hint of Indigenous ancestry can run to for representation. Any who claim this are frauds. If one feels they belong to an Indigenous nation, then seek out the particular nation you believe you’re connected to.

For those who falsely claim Indigeneity, you are doing so at the cost of opportunity for my child, myself or  my relations, although I suspect you already know that. I can only say – shame on you. May you face the price for impinging on the last bastion of our sovereignty – our identity.

A visual on who may qualify as a Metis Nation citizen

BC Metis Nation order to rescind membership: David Bouchard MNBC membership rescinded

November 2018 Metis Nation Council & Manitoba Metis Nation release statements in protection of Metis Nation sovereignty and definition.

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13 Responses to ‘Alternative’ Metis Nation Alert; Frauds exposed from the west to the east

  1. calmkate says:

    ouch why do people do that, wanting their minute of fame at the cost of others … happens here too but our biggest frauds are those claiming to be war veterans … hideous and just so wrong!

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    • Yes, and it’s seems to both serve Government interests when convenient, so they don’t crack down on them to the level they deserve, nor is this of interest to the mainstream medias who have no real interest in updating historical facts on any in-depth basis.

      We have to hope there are enough of us to counter what we can and get the school curriculum up to date.

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  2. Qallunette says:

    Here’s David Bouchard’s proof. Scrip application proof and all, too. I don’t know who compelled you to this slander, Robyn, or why you enjoy it so much.

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  3. Qallunette says:

    Reblogged this on Qallunette's Quest and commented:
    Here’s David Bouchard’s proof. Scrip application proof and all, too. I don’t know who compelled you to this slander, Robyn, or why you enjoy it so much. You were set up.

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    • How does one claim to be Metis before having proof? There is no DNA test that can determine what nation one came from. I believe our previous conversations were that Indigeneity within the Metis Nation must prove a direct and immediate line to the Metis ancestry and history on record. Linking to an Indigenous ancestor from the 1600s, 1700s or 1800s as a stand-alone relation does not pass the test. The relationship requires a consistent line from a current known community to a known historical one.

      I would not pass that same test to become a Mohawk citizen today, nor in making any claims to be one. I accept that. I have a French ancestor from the early 1700s. I would not pass the test in making any claims to be a citizen of France. I accept that.

      I have never spoken about someone’s claim to be Indigenous. I have always encouraged anyone who is searching to contact their nations of origin to learn of the culture and traditions, if their heart feels compelled, but that is no guarantee they will be accepted as full citizens of that nation. The same can be said of the Metis Nation. It is a nation in the same vein as the Ojibway or Osage of the Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas regions or the Cree or the Mohawks. The burden of proof is on the person making the claim to be a citizen of any nation according to the requirements of the nation. The Metis Nation’s requirement is clear and we meet it or we move on. In many cases, for some, moving on meant re-defining what it is to be Metis, without the inclusion of the recognized Metis Nation. Again, by all means, create a new nation if you can meet the parameters of language, customs, tradition and history, but how does one get a card and claim rights if that new nation is not recognized?

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  4. Jeri Malone says:

    Eligible Initiatives and Projects
    Bilateral Processes
    The government created the role of the Federal Interlocutor in 1985, in the context of the Aboriginal Constitutional Conferences of 1983 to 1987 as a means of ensuring a direct liaison with the “two national Aboriginal organizations ” representing Métis, non-status Indians and off-reserve status Indians. The Métis National Council was derived from the former Native Council of Canada. Upon the creation of the Métis National Council, the remaining membership of the former Native Council of Canada formed a parallel organization — the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.

    Recipients:
    The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)
    The Métis National Council (MNC)

    https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1386384755056/1386384803272

    So NO .. the Metis Nation is not the only National Aboriginal Organization representing Metis people. Good try at trying to ruin people’s reputation though !!

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    • I am aware there are people who believe they have created a whole new nation, or a sister nation or whatever kind of nation and called it the, “Metis Nation”. In fact, there are several of them and none of them are recognized. This is the very point of contention to which I speak and the subject of several news articles.

      Harry Daniels, whom many like to mis-quote, gave a clear statement on this. See the new attachment at the end of this blog.

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