By Liane Hicks
In Canada, the Métis Nation refers to people of both European and Indigenous ancestry. They are descendants of First Nations mothers and European fur trappers and traders who arrived in the 1700s. The Métis are one of the three Aboriginal Nations in Canada, along with the First Nations and Inuit that are recognized in the Canadian constitution. Métis communities exist throughout Canada, however, the Plains region is considered the physical, cultural, and political home of the Métis people. The Métis have their own unique customs, vibrant culture, language, and storied history. There are over 587,000 Métis living in Canada today.