They have rights under the Aboriginal Act, but not a nation. There is no government unit in Canada which controls, rules over them, or a "nation" in the legal sense. Come back later, I have asked a couple of our Canadian tutors to weigh in on this.
Here are some articles:
Indigenous self-government in Canada
It is the formal structure through which Indigenous communities may control the administration of their people, land, resources and related programs and policies, through agreements with federal and provincial governments.
This also means that while they have control over administration of their own affairs, the word "nation" does not infer political independence.
Métis people are difficult to define or identify because of the numerous generations of inter-marriage with other groups.
This causes a problem for the Canadian government in providing resources or negotiation with a defined group of people.
Métis are widely spread out over Canada, causing difficulties in land claims, if any is possible at all.
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