The Métis people are not only a mix of two diverse races, but also a combination of their distinct cultures. As such, Métis people developed their own language using pieces from both their European and First Nations parents. Michif is the result of a marriage between French and Cree. It uses French nouns and noun phrases with the Plains Cree verb system. As the language moves east, it begins to incorporate the Ojibway language.
Today, Michif is spoken by only a small percentage of the community and is currently being researched and preserved by Métis Nations across the Homeland in a bid to rescue an important part of our heritage.
Excerpt from the Metis Nation Website