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Old 06-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Non-Status Indian in Canada

I would just like to here peoples opinions on this matter. I am a non-status Indian living in Canada and am not registered in a First Nation (which I know is usually a requirement) how ever I do maintain political affiliation with the community ( I am a member of the Congress of Aboriginal People, well a provincial affiliate).

So I was just wondering what other peoples views are when it comes to people like me.
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Hello cr:

Welcome to Powwows.com. I'm from Canada as well and I wanted to address your question.

I'm assuming by getting involved with your community's politics you are meaning on reserve band council? If you are and my apologies if you aren't, then you'll find the answers within the Indian Act that governs the who, what, where anyone can participate. However, that said, there are many First Nations that give little credence to the Indian Act government and have within their own culture their own traditional means of government.

Not sure where you are from, but many of the Metis groups have strong political activity - especially out here in the west. The eastern Metis also have strong political and legal lobby groups and some are even involved in Land Claims and treaty negotiations.

The Canadian Constitution recognizes and protects the Aboriginal rights of status, Metis and Inuit. There's a huge court case here in the west over Metis hunting and fishing rights as was in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec. Recent court decisions have opined that there is no distinction between the people and the government needs to fix it. This means huge changes in funding, benefits and services.

I would think any of the above would be a start in getting political in your community. Alberta has Treaty days and Metis Settlement gatherings, perhaps you could visit us out here in the west and get your political chops wet.

The Congress has in the past, did some great work, if you want to get political - get involved deeper than just a membership... join a committee or run for the board - same for your provincial level.
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So what is a non-status Indian...and Metis...in Canada?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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long time ago if u married a white person u lost ur status as an ndn. some non status are children/grandchildren of said ndns.....in regards to metis--they is white. kinda like 'Canadian cherokee' hahahahaha jk
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So what is a non-status Indian...and Metis...in Canada?

Inquiring minds want to know.
Status Indians are those recognized by the Government of Canada under the terms of the Indian Act.

Way back in the early days of our fledgling country, Indian Agents would head out to the territories and do a census of Indians they found on their travels. If you happen to be in the camp when the agent showed up, you got your name taken down. If you happened to be away from the camp, either hunting and fishing, your name wasn't included and you now became a non-status.

Status is a series of checks of a list. Back in the mid 80s, when Bill C31 hit, those that had lost status (either through marrying out if you were a woman, going to university, joining the military, joining the clergy or simply voluntarily enfranchising yourself - sometimes at the hands of the Indian Agent beating you until you signed) were to regain status. However, status ends in two generations for those who are Bill C31 Indian (2(b)... it's known as genocide in two generations. Your grandchildren can't pass status on unless they have a child with a non-Bill C31 or a
2(a) Indian that had never lost status (men marrying out were never penalized for marrying non-native women)

Status isn't about living on a reserve. I've known many folks that have never lived on a rez and hold status. It's about who you are descended from and whether they held status. Unlike the states, Canadian Indians are registered in a general ledger in Ottawa and do not necessarily belong to a band. Bands have their own criteria for membership - one parent descent, two parent descent, blood quantum, or just prove you are descended from one of the signatories on any of the treaties. My own first Nation in their land claim and self government agreement did away with status cards and now decide who is a member of the tribe/clan/house.

Status will thin out around the 1/8 mark if the Indian ancestor and their descendants married out (non-natives).

Metis are by definition, halfbloods. They have their own unique and distinct culture/language. They are usually the children of native women who married out and then lost their status.. see where this all is going?
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long time ago if u married a white person u lost ur status as an ndn. some non status are children/grandchildren of said ndns.....in regards to metis--they is white. kinda like 'Canadian cherokee' hahahahaha jk
Haha what? "long time ago"? This was happening up to as recently as the '70's. Métis are not "white", they are a federally recognized Aboriginal nation in Canada. We have status cards and proof of native lineage just like you. If you have trouble believing this feel free to call up one of the Provincial Métis bands so they can educate you.
Also, after 600 years of colonialism the term "full bloods" is a crock of crap. I don't know a single rez person who doesn't have more than a few drops of white blood in em, so check your privelege. I've got relatives on the rez in Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and there's a lot of blue eyed status NDNs out there.
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I think there is a wide variety of opinions. There are people who will be disrespectful to you because you are not status or don't "look" ndn enough, wrong tribe, etc.

I'm 1/4th Ojibwe (barely status) and I married a white guy so my daughter is 1/8th (no status for her). But I was raised in the Anishinaabe culture and my father (1/2 blood) is fluent in ojibwe and a teacher of the language - I know more of our native tongue than most full bloods do of theirs. I am raising my daughter and teaching her our traditions as well. I don't really give a .... what people think about my or my daughter's level of blood quantum/status. If they think I we shouldn't participate in our culture because my parents married for love, they are contributing to their own culture's demise, because eventually blood will be meaningless - tradition is all we will have. If we exclude those who aren't dark enough now, there will soon be nothing left at all. Intermarriage IS happening and will continue to happen, and if we don't preserve our traditions they are going to disappear altogether.

When you're non-status or low blood quantum, you just have to learn not to care about what other people think. There are many people who are accepting and gracious and you just have to be thankful they exist and ignore everyone else.

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