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A family secret leads one woman to embrace her newfound Métis identity

Family secrets tend to come out on deathbeds, but for Rebecca Hass, it was an ID card that let her in on her family secret: they were Métis. And, now that she knew? She set out on a journey to connect with her family, her culture ... and herself.

When Rebecca Hass' dad Fraser died, a family secret was revealed

6 years ago
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When Rebecca Hass' dad Fraser died, a family secret was revealed
Family secrets: they tend to come out on deathbeds, while rooting through boxes in the attic or flipping through photo albums.

But for Rebecca Hass, it was an ID card that let her in on her family secret. They were Métis.

Rebecca is a wife, a mother, a journalist and an opera singer. This is the person she's become over the past 51 years. So when her dad died about 4 years ago, she was shocked to discover there were parts of her identity that she'd had no idea about.

And, now that she knew? She set out on a journey to connect with her family, her culture ... and herself. 

Producer's Notebook

My quest to discover my Métis identity

By Rebecca Hass

My dad died four years ago. Dad grew up in an isolated community in the near north of Ontario. He was estranged from many in his family, but when he died my mom wanted to have some of his ashes spread where he grew up, the French River. She reached out to her nephew, my cousin, Eddie Hass. As they were catching up, Eddie shared a long-buried family secret: we were Métis. Continue reading →

About the producer

Rebecca Hass has a life long addiction to storytelling through sound. The first half of her life was devoted to singing stories as she performed across Canada in opera and music theatre, and since 2012 she has been the regular guest host of CBC Radio 2's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and In Concert

Her work has been heard on Tapestry, North By Northwest and The Sunday Edition, all on CBC Radio One. The Gift, a product of The Doc Project, aired on The Sunday Edition on Mother's Day 2015. Currently she is a regular columnist on North By Northwest on CBC Radio One in B.C. as their resident creative living coach.

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