I have vivid recollections as a small child, of the family gatherings with “l’acordéon la musique a bouche et la planche a bois” little did I know this originates from my Métis rich Heritage passed on from one generation to the other.
Trappers, hunters and foragers my Métis ancestors reach deep into the roots the first settlers of this land.
Raised on the bounty of the hunt my dad brought home each hunting season – be it deer – moose it was our super food till the next hunt. For this nutrition, for this bit of wild venison my dad took in every season + the fish, I am now uberly grateful for since the rest of the menu plan fell to the hands of the new contemporary way of boxed, canned or frozen everything.
I saddled myself with all the right licenses and permits required by law but there was no way to replicate this lifestyle I had grown up with, local farms disappeared and food resurfaced as processed substitutes. That is until the Powley case came before the Supreme Court of Canada in 2003 and it overturned the status quo for the invisibility of the Métis Nation.