CCF Actively Discourages Métis Identification


In 1949, CCF attempts to undermine Métis sovereignty and leadership ultimately disintegrated Métis political organization within Saskatchewan with few funds or attention being allocated to the SMS (Saskatchewan Métis Society); along with Douglas’ focus on the newly formed Union of Saskatchewan Indians, Métis leadership and concerns were often overshadowed or ignored altogether. In this way, the CCF were able to proceed implementing their Aboriginal policy reform in Saskatchewan without having to recognize Métis perspectives.



This was clearly illustrated in 1952 when the Green Lake Co-operative Association was advised by the resident director of the Saskatchewan Marketing Services not to include the word 'Métis' in the name of their organization. As he explained, T strongly urged them not to use the word ... since we are looking forward to the day when all citizens of Saskatchewan are of equal status, regardless of race, colour and creed. I therefore urged them not to brand themselves with any name indicating special race or colour.” Barron, F.L., Walking in Indian Moccasins: the native policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCF, 39-40.  

Efforts to curb Métis identification in the 1950s both individually and organizationally were intended to integrate Métis provincially into the CCF’s new vision of Saskatchewan society. By discouraging self-determination and denying unique Métis status, CCF officials actively prevented access to resources, programs, and most importantly land for Métis who have traditionally been dispossessed from their homelands due to westward expansion/colonization. The CCF also opposed to Métis political organization as they feared a provincially united Métis would prevent CCF reforms.

  • Barron, F.L., Walking in Indian Moccasins: The Native policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCF, 39-40.