The Métis people are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique history and different culture, language and territory, including the waterways of Ontario, surrounding the Great Lakes and what was known as the historic Northwest. The Métis Nation is comprised of people born of relations between an Indian women and European Man.
The historic infinity symbol on the Metis flag was originally carried by the French 'half-breeds' with pride. The symbol, which represented the immortality of the nation, in the centre of a blue field represents the joining of the two culture. The Metis flag is carried today as a symbol of continuity and pride.
The Métis Sash is an important, prominent symbol of the Metis Nation. It is a brightly coloured, woven sash. The sash was traditionally both a colourful and festive belt, and an important tool worn by the hardy tradesmen, doubling as a rope when needed. The sash can also be identified as Métis apparel. The sash itself serves as a key holder, first aid kit, washcloth, towel, emergency saddle blanket and with its fringed ends can become a sewing kit when the Métis were on a buffalo hunt.
All information recieved from http://www.metisnation.org/