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Declaration of the Métis People

We, the Métis, are a historic aboriginal nation. 
During the 18th and 19th centuries, we developed our own
cultural identity, lifestyle, and political consciousness
and asserted our rights through the formation of
provisional governments in both Manitoba and

Though defeated militarily at Batoche
in 1885, we have waged an incessant struggle for justice
through successive political associations.

Today we again assert these, our inalienable
Aboriginal national rights, in our homeland in
Western Canada through the Métis National Council,
the political voice of the Métis nationalist movement:

1)  The right to a Métis land and resource base
owned and controlled by our people;

2)  The right to self-determination with such
degree of self-government as desired by our

3)  The right to determine our membership.

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