A newly released website that provides a listing of groups claiming to represent Metis people in eastern Canada and the New England region of the United States has caused some consternation among some of the groups who are listed.
Although the information linked to, and provided on the page includes readily available websites, court cases, and other information freely viewed on the worldwide web, some of these groups have taken offense to being included in this ignoble database that calls into question their validity as indigenous.
The website, www.raceshifting.com states its sourcing of information as follows:
This website is a resource for people who are concerned with or want to find out more about the rise of the so-called “Eastern Metis” in the eastern provinces (Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia) and in New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine)...
The website [also] includes all of the publicly-available court documents (expert reports, testimony, interviews, membership records) that have been submitted in several of the key “Eastern Métis” court cases in Québec.
Much of the material is analyzed in Darryl Leroux’s book Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity, which will be available by mid-September 2019.
Metis Nation News will follow this story as it develops and if possible will obtain copies of any complaints issued by supposed Metis organizations to the authors of the website.