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First Nations people would like to see in their own reality, the physical traits of American Indians remain, but it is not happening. With their blue, grey and green eyes, their sandy blond and light brown hair, many hardly resemble the classic American Indian of Hollywood films and pictures in history and contemporary books. Nevertheless, he may be the Indian or Métis face of the future, now called Wonder bread ,Apple or Wannabe.

There is more to being a Native person than a blood quantum. It is what you feel inside you is what is important. With gambling profits, special program, and employment benefit for Native people within government agencies, deciding who is a "real native” has become one of the most divisive issues facing recognized Native people under the Indian act. The level of tolerance toward the Métis, those self identified, has reached its peak. The Indian Act Aboriginal people claimed the self identified Métis are taking their jobs.

Never mind the New Age pretenders who claim kinship to a Cherokee princess they saw in a dream. More nettlesome for the federally recognized First Nations Indians is what to do with their own sons and daughters whom the Indian Act does not recognize. These sons and daughters are the new contemporary Wonder breads, Apples pies and Wannabes. They will never be recognized under the Indian act or by their First Nation of origin. They are the new Métis.

Often, the ancestry of those full-blooded Indians as they call themselves is unquestioned. Yet generations of intermarriage have crowded their family trees with non-Indians as well. Many tribes will have to ease membership requirements just to survive, prompting worries that First Nations traditions will fade along with blood levels. No one is speaking of traditional citizenship rules to protect the following seven generations, speech so distinctive to First Nation Elders. Someone must walk the talk of their own traditional teachings.

A renaissance and recognition of native ancestry by many people are partly responsible and fall in line with the prophecy of the seven fires. Still, it’s so easy to brush off self identified Métis as opportunist, as Wannabe. How forgetful are the First Nations, on the process of years of assimilation, deportations, genocide, lands cessions and enfranchisement toward all of their past, present and future seven generations.

But when First Nations people will seriously look at their own families, they will realize many of their children and grandchildren are or would not qualify for membership, because their First Nation is using the rules of the Indian Act. They must realize it is not so much blood as it is you know who you are, and you feel in your heart and your spirit that you belong to this group.

Some First Nations people stills toe a hard line on membership. Outsiders who fret about Indian purity should remember that all First Nations are cultural, spiritual, social and political entities. They hold under their own original jurisdiction, not a federally recognized right, the right to govern themselves and to establish their own traditional citizenship rules. They would incense us if Mexico tried to tell Canada and the United states who its citizens should be. If First Nation sovereignty means anything, it means the right of a Nation to decide who its citizens are. Of course, legal citizenship doesn't guarantee social acceptance as ethnocentric view and racism will still plague many First Nation ”Indians.”

In some First Nations, they do not invite light-skinned members to sacred ceremonies, to possess sacred objects, or to performed ceremonies. Some First Nation parents tell their children they'll disown them if they marry outside their Nations, even to other Indians. But such purists are bucking the trend. With half of all First Nations Indians living off reservations, distance are no longer existing and people of all Nations are ever more in contact with each other, a continued intermarriage is likely.

Non Native and First Nations ethnocentric views and racism toward people of mixed blood and culture have increased the number of people who identify themselves as Métis . The Creator must have a reason to create people of mixed blood. They must be part of the Creation story. When a Métis proudly recognizes that he was created that way, he must understand and respect what a Métis is politically, socially, culturally and spiritually.

Outside the Métis National Council, the Métis have no other avenue to recognition than to be self -identified. There is no Métis Act, or a citizenship code for the Métis Nation to recognize Métis as distinct people. This is why the Métis must say enough abuse is enough. The Métis must organize themselves as a beautiful distinctive Métis Nation with a distinctive citizenship code all across Canada and North America. Its happening now, are you ready to get rid of your chain ?

People must recognize it is the Creation of a new Nation, a new Culture according to the prophecy of the seven fires. It’s a scary thing for ethnocentric and racist people from the red, white, black, yellow races to recognize all the Metis in the teaching of the medicine wheel. Because of their own insecure identity, because many Métis looked so similar and so different from them, brushing all the Métis as Wonder bread , Apple, or Wannabe is so easy. Holding a government plastic Indian credit card can only certify them that they are different from the Métis. It does not necessarily provide or tie the Indians to a cultural, to a social and spiritual identity of a First Nation . Just like proud First Nation people, Métis are proud to be Métis. We will be self- identified as long as the Metis Nation is not well organized with a citizenship code used from coast to coast.
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