Red Sky Métis Independent Nation™ (RSMIN) consists of descendents of the 84 “half-breeds” who were recognized by the Crown as beneficiaries and annuitants under the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850, in concurrence with the First Nation peoples. However, RSMIN is distinct from the First Nation peoples, by ways of our traditional lands, traditions, customs, and practices.
The RSMIN People are Aboriginal people as defined by the Constitution Act of 1982, and descendent of the beneficiaries to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850.
The following map defines the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850’s land region and the areas of current and traditional land use by the RSMIN Community:
Historic RSMIN Community
The northern shore of Lake Superior in Northwestern Ontario enjoys a proud Métis history unique to the area. French Métis fur traders settled in the area in the 1600’s. The land was considered uncivilized, savage and unsuitable for living. These people survived and grew to build a railroad, establish mines, and forestry industries that were the foundation of Canada. Over the centuries the RSMIN people survived through great hardship and discrimination. The attitudes over the last 150+ years acted as constant erosion trying to wash off their true identity, this has only strengthened the RSMIN community’s resolve to preserve and maintain the unique history, traditions, and practices. For more RSMIN History please visit the History Page or the RSMIN Community Heritage Wiki (CHW) at rsmin.ca/CHW.
The RSMIN CHW is a groundbreaking concept in relation to how other communities are collecting and preserving data, and although many other wiki sites exist, such as Wikipedia, there are no other sites that are completely dedicated to one community with goals in preserving its unique and untold heritage.
Red Sky Métis Independent Nation Today
The Red Sky Métis Independent Nation people possess a strong sense of shared identity. Approximately 8,000 Red Sky Métis Independent Nation citizens reside in communities throughout the Robinson-Superior Treaty area as well as throughout Canada and the World.
The RSMIN Community is committed to the preservation of history, traditions and practices. As stewards of the land and natural resources the RSMIN Community share a common interest for safe and sustainable harvesting, education, health and wellbeing, and environment protection. These commitments are for the benefit of future generations and the preservation of our historic place in the world. For more information regarding the preservation of your knowledge or family history please visit the About RSMIN Community Heritage Wiki (CHW).
A Nation for the 21st Century
Métis Chief Troy DeLaRonde is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Métis identity and history that recognizes the Métis contribution to the formation of Canada, the completion of former Metis Chief Roy DeLaRonde’s mandate to establish treaty rights to the RSMIN community, and the ongoing advancement of the RSMIN Community.