There are now 23,000 people in Nova Scotia who self-identify as Métis, according to the recent census. That’s an increase of about 124 per cent in 10 years.
Darryl Leroux, an associate professor in the department of social justice and community studies at Saint Mary’s University, questions those claims. He’s researched this extensively (for examples, look here and here) and has a lot to say about “white settler revisionism” and “settler self-indigenization.”
So what’s happening and why does this matter? You’ll want to hear Leroux’s conversation with Tim.
A number of groups in Nova Scotia, including the Bras d’Or Lake Metis Nation, continue to fight for recognition from the province. The province reiterated its position last year following the Supreme Court of Canada Daniels decision, saying only the Mi’kmaq have “credibly asserted or established Aboriginal and treaty rights to hunt, fish and gather in Nova Scotia.”