‘Fighting Over Unearned Spoils’

The Supreme Court of Canada’s folly in defining ‘Metis’ {mixed Race} as ‘Aboriginal’ will have negative repercussions for years to come. Now, these so-called Metis ‘nations’ are fighting over the taxpayer-provided spoils — and it’s exposing racist attitudes… 

“A Metis ‘Nation’-Saskatchewan (M‘N’-S) leader is apologizing for what he calls “a poor choice of words” {!!!} over derogatory comments he used to describe eastern Metis people. ‘Eastern Region 2A’ director Derek Langan used the words “mix bloods”, “Heinz-57s”, “mongrels” and “monkeys” during a speech at the Crescent Lake Metis Gathering, an event that took place between July 31 and Aug. 2. 

I apologize. It is what I call a schoolyard name calling and for that I’m sorry but at the same time I stick to the stance I believe in”,
he told ‘CTV News’…
I have a problem with eastern mixed bloods that identify as Metis and are getting citizenship when they don’t meet our national standardized definition of Metis. That’s where the problem lies with me.”

The ramifications of doing that is where we get tens of thousands of people utilizing all our training, programs, housing dollars, etc. all these things we fought so hard for to advance our people.”

“In a video posted to Facebook, Langan talks about what he calls people in eastern Canada falsely claiming Metis status and the many issues he sees that come with it.

We have to defend our very ‘nationhood’. It is at risk here. We are giving away our ‘right’, our ‘citizenship’ to a bunch of — I don’t even know what to call them — mix bloods or whatever. They’re ‘Heinz-57s’ according to me, no more than that and they’re getting Metis cards and they’re going to be coming from eastern Ontario and further than that, after that in Halifax and Nova Scotia, and they’re going to be trying to take our dollars, our education, our training, our housing dollars and they’re going to say they have more of a population than us, that they need more than us”,
said Langan…

“He continues to address the crowd, talking about how he is worried of current Metis people losing out on what they deserve ‘by right’ {?}.

If I have a guaranteed set of money for my people, why would I go and tell Manitoba for example or wherever who might have two, three, 400 thousand more people than me that I’m going to do away with that kind of formula so that you can claim more of my money that is going to be taken away from true Metis, not these false Metis, not these mongrels. I don’t mean to be harsh, I call it the way I see it, if I see a monkey, to me it’s not a humanoid, you know what I mean? I won’t sugar-coat it”,
said Langan.

“In a statement to ‘CTV News’, current ‘MN-S’ president, Glen McCallum calls Langan’s comments “unacceptable”, “racist”, “derogatory” and “dehumanizing”.

No matter the topic, circumstance or issue at stake, this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and has no place in our private and public forums. As leaders of the Metis ‘Nation’, we are duty-bound to put the needs and interest of our ‘citizens’ ahead of our own. The needs of one do not outweigh the needs of many. The vision of our historical leadership underlines the Metis spirit of pride, independence and self-determination.” 

“Langan told ‘CTV News’ that ‘MN-S’ must follow ‘MN-S’ processes in order to remove him from office. He says he is confident he will still be in his position.

I’m not going to resign. I’m not going to be removed and my people gave me a standing ovation for that speech and they’re more than happy with me here.”

–‘Metis Nation-Saskatchewan director under investigation for ‘racist’ speech’,
Creeson Agecoutay, CTV News Saskatoon, August 18, 2020
“Statistics Canada census data show the number of people who identify as Métis rose nearly 150% in Quebec and 125% in Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2016. New Métis organizations appeared over the same time frame.”

“A Saskatchewan-based Métis leader was recorded using derogatory words to describe who he referred to as “eastern Métis” people. ‘Métis ‘Nation’–Saskatchewan Eastern Region 2A’ director Derek Langan, who serves the Yorkton area, broached this polarizing topic multiple times during a speech at the ‘Crescent Lake Métis Gathering’ hosted from July 31 to Aug. 2…

The increase in people from Eastern Canada self-reporting as Métis is a divisive debate. Statistics Canada census data show the number of people who identify as Métis rose nearly 150% in Quebec and 125% in Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2016. New Métis organizations appeared over the same time frame.

“There are critics who oppose the idea that there is a distinct Métis identity in the Maritimes and Quebec. They say people of mixed blood in the region either integrated into ‘Indigenous’ {sic, ‘Aboriginal’} communities or assimilated with European newcomers, unlike the ‘distinct’ Métis People of Louis Riel in Western Canada.

“People who identify as eastern Métis argue they are descendants of mixed-heritage people in the region with a shared history and culture; they’re not just people with ‘Indigenous’ ancestry. They say they were first compelled to identify themselves as ‘white’, fearing discrimination. The rejection of ‘their identity’, they say, is exclusionary and mean-spirited.

It’s all about who gets something for nothing:
“In his speech, Langan added he was worried about people coming from eastern Ontario, Halifax, Nova Scotia to take “our education, our training, our housing dollars“, because their “population is larger than ours and they’ll have more needs than us“.
{If they “have more needs”, then THEY should be receiving the money…}

“He argued a proposed funding model didn’t make sense to him and argued the money should be used for “true Métis” people, not “false Métis” people.

Not these mongrels“,
he said to more laughter.
I don’t mean to be harsh. I call it the way I see it. If I see a monkey to me it’s not a humanoid, you know what I’m saying? So I won’t sugar-coat it.”

“…a ‘Métis’ person is one who ‘self-identifies’ as ‘Métis’ — as distinct from other ‘Indigenous’ peoples — who has historic ‘Métis’ ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis ‘Nation’.”

–‘Sask. regional director recorded calling eastern Métis ‘monkeys,’ ‘mongrels’ in speech’,
Bryan Eneas, CBC News, Aug. 17, 2020

See also:
Supreme Court Dividing Canadians’:
“There is no consensus on who is considered Métis or a non-status Indian, nor need there be. Cultural and ethnic labels do not lend themselves to neat boundaries.”
From the Supreme Court ruling… What a legal goldmine…

Self-Government, Anyone?‘ (Metis ‘Nation’ Fraud) {November 5, 2014}:
“The Metis ‘Nation’-Saskatchewan has been placed in default of its funding agreement with the Federal Government. The organization will lose its funding…”

Metis ‘Nation’ Fights Over Racial Spoils{June 10, 2014}:
“British Columbia Metis representatives say they will raise concerns about a rival organization’s purported misconduct during a meeting this week with officials at Aboriginal Affairs headquarters…”
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