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This post was first seen in the February 2009 Edition of Feathers In The Wind.  Written by Spencer Alexander, Longtime OMFRC Friend and Member.   The story of early European contact with the Aboriginal people of North America has many faces, few if any of them are pleasant. In fact it marked the beginning of “The Genocide Of The Native North American” and continues to be what is probably the longest genocide of a people

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~  Marie Louise – OMFRC Member and Researcher for over a decade   In the search for definitive proof of our Métis roots, we are often frustrated.  There is a lot of confusion about what is considered absolute proof.  Many of us know, from the stories passed down to us, that we have a Métis background- but we aren’t sure from where it stems. In some cases, research will guide us to a link that

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-Written by S. Moen, OMFRC Member.  Seen in the May-June 2016 edition of Feathers In The Wind.   What if I were to tell you that the Métis Nation was much larger than history allows us to perceive and has a much more complicated history than that ordinarily known?  As I have discovered, Métis ethno genesis occurred in many places differing circumstances.  We’re all taught in school that the Métis were comprised of Cree-French fur trading

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Written by Kathleen Chan, OMFRC Member.  This article also appeared in our Feathers In The Wind Newsletter, February 2009.  Reprinted with Permission. The first DNA test that I had was a DNA Sibship Analysis by Genetrack Biolabs, a Canadian company from Vancouver. It costs $495 Canadian to test two siblings. I think I paid  $250 four years ago. The test was testing 15 STR’s (which are a class of polymorphisms). The average person has no

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In 1604, two French ships sailed along the coast of what would become Acadia.  An expedition consisting of a diverse group of adventurers and entrepreneurs were embarking on an adventure that would help shape a country and a culture. Several years before this historic day, a man by the name of Pierre De Gua des Monts wanted to mount an expedition to the new world to create a colony.  A successful merchant, he was also

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Roch Manitoubeouich was a man who’d had a life full of adventure, excitement, and hardship.  He’d spent many years deep in the forests of New France, travelling with Olivier LeTardif as an interpreter and guide, furthering the interests and trade of the Company of 100 Associates. Finally, though, after many years of hard work, Roch settled down with his young wife Outchibahanoukoueou.  The Huron man and his Abenaki bride would be entering the next stage

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In France during the early 1600s there lived a man named Cardinal Richelieu.  This man was a clergyman, a nobleman and a statesman.  In 1614, he entered politics in France, a common practice for members of the clergy.  He was smart and ambitious, and quickly rose through the ranks of both the Church and the Government.  During this day and age, the divide between Church and state was virtually non-existent, and many major statesmen either belonged

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CRAFTERMATH (kraft-ter-math) noun.  The clutter left lying around after you finish your latest beading project. By Blog Guest C. Major – OMFRC Member The Métis were known as “The Flower Beadwork People” and the beadwork is distinct with its flowing flower designs.  Some of the original ideas came from European wallpaper or material patterns and it combined two cultures, French embroidery and indigenous beading. Beading was a very important component of traditional Métis culture, and

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The Raizenne Legacy

One fateful winter night in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1704, a 4 year old girl named Abigail and a ten year old boy named Josiah were awakened in their perspective homes by the sounds of battle and the smell of smoke.  Both children must have been incredibly confused and frightened as their families realized that their village was under attack from enemy forces.  As the raiders moved from home to home, both children were probably guided

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By Dalton Mather B.A.,B.Ed.,A.P. Mennonite Central Committee is involved in peace and friendship efforts in Canada and my connection is through the Maritime district of MCC, coordinated by Christina Dunfield in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Lyndsay Mollins-Koene of MCC Ontario organizes many Learning Tours throughout Ontario and we were able to join them in their Learning Tour for resource extraction in Timmins. Christina knew of my interest and desire to learn more about indigenous issues in

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Our New Website!

We at the OMFRC have always devoted ourselves to the service of our community.  An important part of this service has always been to provide information and tools to help people our people to not only discover their Aboriginal Ancestry, but to help improve their lives in other ways as well. Because of our wish to provide the community with the best information and resources possible, and as a tribute to the tireless effort of

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How does a Privateer create a Métis legacy?   The late 1600s into the early 1700s was a time period fraught with danger and upheaval.  For the colonies, this was an especially trying time as settlers from various countries had to not only build their settlements, but had to do so under a fairly constant threat of attacks or raids from the other side.    Sometimes these raids were simply for resources.  Often during this time period,

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