A message from your Chief
The first Métis in Canada is said to be born in the "New
France" known today as Nova Scotia, approximately in and around
1628. Métis have always been a strong hard working, fun loving,
pleasant person, known to be an entrepreneur distinct indigenous
peoples, carrying 40' Birch Bark
(masgwi) canoes, through undiscovered dangerous terrain,
backpacking food and equipment twice their own weight, who would
protect their rights to the death, without restriction or
Best known as the "Voyageur" for their reputation,
travelling each year 4-5 months at a time, exploring uncharted
lands for the purpose of Harvesting, living equally and being
recognized by the British Crown as "Aboriginal Indian People's"
(Section 91(24), playing an integral part in forging and forming
Initially settling on our East coast living in harmony
with our Mi'kmaq Brothers and Sisters, eventually travelling and
settling the unexplored, undiscovered wild West coast, leaving
behind their legacy of offspring known today as the Modern
Voyageur Métis survivors of Nova Scotia.
Given the hundreds of
years of Racism, discrimination and suppression, we still exist
thriving in our cities, towns and communities, sharing in our
skills, holding on to our customs, culture, dance, song, and
Harvesting rights. May our ancestors guide us on our journey to
exist as a Métis Nation, at all times respecting our land, water (apaqt), sky and Sun, with the sharing of tobacco giving
"The Great Creator".
Chief Gregory Burke
Is self-identification essential to being Métis?
Official signing of our treaty with
the Metis Federation of Canada in Ottawa.
L'Acadie is known as the very first place in this country that
witnessed the birth of a new nation known today as the Mettisage.
After hundreds of years of war around them and against them,
suffering the great Genocide in 1755, at times held captive in
French fortresses as refugee's for decades, used as slave
laborers or hunted down for their scalp for money, our people
remained strong through it all, our Metis communities survived
and still remain strong to this day.
Our ancestors forged their nation by "owning themselves"
refusing to be controlled by any government or nation. Our
Ancestors remained independent through hundreds of years of wars
that surrounded them on their land.
Our ancestors developed the fur and fish industry markets in
L'Acadie having their own currency and government as early as
the late 1600's. It was
our ancestors who provided skilled labor, fish, meat and
supplies to the French, to the British and to the New England
states as they continued to battle for control over L'Acadie.
Our Metis ancestors are the founding nation that forged the very
foundation of the fur industry that catapulted the fur industry
across this country, from coast to coast to coast, sharing their
skills, tools and knowledge of
trapping and hunting to the western provinces as we know them
There are huge benefits to you and your family belonging to a
Metis community for culture, language and history. Our Supreme
Court victory in
2015 brings us closer being able to help our community's through
education, health care, employment, drug and alcohol abuse
awareness through Federal funding.
Our hope is for one day for our ancestors, to achieve the much
deserved respect and recognition for our people from the
There are Aboriginal bursaries and grants available through
universities and Indspire for our Aboriginal students.
We shall remain our own people. We shall always own ourselves.
Always Identify as Aboriginal. Be a Proud Metis.
We have a strong history to which we should be very proud.
Walk with your head held high with Metis Pride.
In Good Faith
Chief Gregory Burke.