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Most of you by this time should have heard the name Louis Riel. He was a well known Métis leader that was put to death by the government. The Métis had no real property and took partin the summer buffalo hunt like most other Plains Indian Nations. Similar to thePlains Cree, they maintained a "home base" from which they migrated totake part in the buffalo hunts. The Métis nation is unique to the cultural mapof Canada in that they emerged only after the arrival of white man and theintermarriage of English or French Canadians with aboriginal, mainlyCree, women. The children born of these marriages were called "Métis"which is the French term for "mixed blood".



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