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Understanding Métis History and Aboriginal Rights

A young Canadian discovers her Native American ancestry and will present her research on Metis history at an upcoming genealogy event in Alberta, Canada.
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Ten years ago, when she was just 13 years old, Jordan Sanregret started researching her family tree. Now, after having discovered her Métis heritage, she will give a presentation about her research, Métis history and the rights of all aboriginals in Canada on October 18 after the Grande Prairie & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogy Society general meeting.

According to a story posted by the Daily Herald-Tribune, one of Sanregret’s relatives was the “right-hand man of Canadian politician and Métis spiritual leader Louis Riel.”

“I didn’t think my lineage would be so exciting,” Sanregret told the Herald-Tribune. “It’s interesting, you even see some of my family members who died in the Red River Rebellion.”

The rebellion, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia, was a “movement of national self-determination by the Métis of the Red River Colony” that happened from 1869-1870.

Sanregret’s research into her family’s past was not an easy road.

“It’s very hard,” she told the Herald-Tribune. “There’s very little documentation toward Indians and even translating Indian languages into English is very hard.”