Definitions and self-definitions

Last class we talked about the passages from Tom King’s The Truth About Stories in which he describes how legislation was used in the past to define Native status in ways that frequently worked to strip individuals of their designation as Indian and the rights to which that status entitled them.  Thursday’s Globe and Mail has a related story about a brewing controversy in Canada over what seem to be government plans to “to develop a standardized assessment of the quality and integrity of Métis membership systems.”

It’s really worth reading this story.  If anything, this should remind us that these are ongoing issues and not simply something that happened in the past.

In other news from Canada, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a Métis land claim that involves a massive portion of land in Mantioba, including the area on which the city of Winnipeg now sits.


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