The term ‘halfbreed‘ still got tossed around a lot when I was growing up and was pretty ubiquitous in my parent’s and grandparent’s time.
You can imagine how confusing it is in terms of forming an identity, to be known by so many ill-defined names.
(I warned some of you I’d be rehashing supposedly ‘old’ territory!
) If you were to boil down common approaches to Métis identity, you generally end up with two categories, sometimes overlapping, sometimes entirely separate, sometimes with all sorts of anomalies left over and scattered about.
I point this out because although the term Métis predates that official recognition, it was not necessarily the most common term in use.