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The AAMS of Nova Scotia, Canada, is a Métis organization; therefore, proof of Acadian and Aboriginal ancestry is required of its members. The term, “Souriquois,” means “salt water men” and was commonly used by early French explorers and settlers of our lands to describe the Mi’Kmaw People of the Nova Scotia mainland and sea coast – thus distinguishing the Mi'Kmaw from other Indian tribes.
We are an Acadian-Métis people and AAMS members share family ancestries that trace back to Nova Scotia's earliest Acadian communities; our ancestral connection to First Nations Peoples is largely Mi'Kmaw. With roots running deep from the first French explorers who arrived in Mi’kmaw territory in the very early 1600’s, the AAMS is constituted to represent the interest and well-being of the Acadian Métis people, ensuring the continuity of their culture and identity.
Melbourne Muise (above left) was a very respected Acadien-Métis, well ahead of his time in aboriginal practices. He was an educator by profession, but a genuine coureur-de-bois by nature. Melbourne was always ready to help anyone in need. -- N’multes (Nah-molt-tiss)
The Métis Federation of Canada is very proud to announce the signing of a treaty with the Association des Acadiens-Métis Souriquois (AAMS). Click here to read more!
Metis, rise in the eastern gate: from the Supreme Court Ruling...