METIS are people of mixed aboriginal and European background, formally recognized as an aboriginal people in Section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982. Historically Metis were "children of the FUR TRADE," offspring of European traders and FIRST NATIONS women. In BC an indigenous Metis population began with the establishment of the first trading posts in the Interior after 1805. It was augmented over the years by the arrival of Metis employees of the major trading companies. Following the...

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