Métis are Aboriginal people who can trace their parentage to First Nations and European descent. Métis means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, and is accepted by the Métis Nation. According to the 2006 Census, almost 400,000 people reported they were Métis with almost 90% located in the western provinces and Ontario.
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Métis National Council, “The Métis Nation.” Online: http://www.metisnation.ca/index.php/who-are-the-metis (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)