Although the Metis possess Personal Identities that nevertheless reflect common values and attitudes, their desire for freedom and individuality has remained their most distinctive characteristic. During times of trouble and threats to their way of life or to their survival, they have rallied to form a politically strong voice - however short - lived to achieve a common goal. Their heritage, springing from the Native and European Peoples of Canada, ensures them a unique place in the history of this land.
Noel Knockwood, B.A. December 1995. SPIRITUAL ELDER