word, akin to mestizo
in Spanish. It originally denoted "half breeds" - Québec
ois offspring of French and Native
parents in Canada
's pre-Confederation era, but has come to denote Canadians
of mixed Indian and non-Indian ancestry; the term is usually used if one parent is Native, but is also used if one parent is Métis. It all depends on who you ask, I suppose.
A subset of non-status Indians, and generally less politically organized (and much harder to count) than the First Nations communities.