When Two Worlds Met
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As I walk along the same paths that my ancestors traveled many moons ago, a sense of warmth and oneness engulfs me as a Mi'kmaq woman from Mi'kma'ki. Reflecting on days long past, the stories of what life was like for my ancestors cannot be told in books, but by 'experiencing' the story through 'our' eyes.
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"Métis is one of several terms used to describe people of mixed native and European origin. The word Métis is an old French word meaning "mixed." Other terms that have been used include mixed blood, bois brûlé, michif, and country-born. Today the term Métis refers to a distinct group of people who have a common history and heritage."
Métis in New France
"The first Métis were the children of European fishermen and native women along the Atlantic coast of Canada. In Acadia, many French men took native wives. Some villages became largely Métis. During the 17th century, both the French and the native people encouraged mixed marriages. For the native people, these marriages strengthened their bonds with their allies and trading partners. The French authorities came to oppose these unions. The church in particular was concerned that the young men preferred the freedom of life in Native country. Métis children either stayed with their native mothers or were raised in French society. The Métis population increased farther inland. Fur traders and soldiers settled around the tiny forts and fur-trade posts. These communities formed the basis of many future towns and cities, such as Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Detroit, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois."