The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Metis Identities and Family Histories

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Known as “Canada’s forgotten people,” the Métis have long been here, but until 1982 they lacked the legal status of Native people. At that point, however, the Métis were recognized in the constitution as one of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. A significant addition to Métis historiography, The Long Journey of a Forgotten People includes Métis voices and personal narratives that address the thorny and complicated issue of Métis identity from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include eastern Canadian ...

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Known as “Canada’s forgotten people,” the Métis have long been here, but until 1982 they lacked the legal status of Native people. At that point, however, the Métis were recognized in the constitution as one of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. A significant addition to Métis historiography, The Long Journey of a Forgotten People includes Métis voices and personal narratives that address the thorny and complicated issue of Métis identity from historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include eastern Canadian Métis communities; British military personnel and their mixed-blood descendants; life as a Métis woman; and the Métis peoples ongoing struggle for recognition of their rights, including discussion of recent Supreme Court rulings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780889205239
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Indigenous Studies Series
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ute Lischke teaches German literature, film studies and cultural perspectives at Wilfrid Laurier University where she is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies. Lischke is the author of Lily Braun, 1865-1916 German Writer, Feminist, Socialist (2000). Her most recent books, edited with David T. McNab, include Blockades and Resistance: Studies in Actions of Peace and the Temagami Blockades of 1988-89 (2003), Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and their Representations (2005), and The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, (2007) all with WLU Press.

David T. McNab is a Métis historian who has worked for three decades on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. McNab teaches in the School of Arts and Letters in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto where he is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies. He has also been a claims advisor for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig., Walpole Island Heritage Center, Bkejwanong First Nations since 1992. In addition to more than seventy articles, McNab has published Earth, Water, Air and Fire: Studies in Canadian Ethnohistory (editor) (1998) and Circles of Time: Aboriginal Land Rights and Resistance in Ontario (1999) as well as the co-edited (with Ute Lischke) Blockades and Resistance: Studies in Actions of Peace and the Temagami Blockades of 1988-89 (2003), Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and their Representations (2005), The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, (2007) all with WLU Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface The Years of Achievement Ute Lischke David T. McNab vii

Introduction We Are Still Here Ute Lischke David T. McNab 1

Part I Reflections on Métis Identities

1 Out of the Bush: A Journey to a Dream Olive Patricia Dickason 13

2 A Long Journey: Reflections on Spirit Memory and Métis Identities David T. McNab 21

3 Reflections on Métis Connections in the Life and Writings of Louise Erdrich Ute Lischke 39

4 The Winds of Change: Métis Rights after Powley Taku Haida Jean Teillet 55

Part II Historical Perspectives

5 "I Shall Settle, Marry, and Trade Here": British Military Personnel and Their Mixed-Blood Descendants Sandy Campbell 81

6 Early Forefathers to the Athabasca Métis: Long-Term North West Company Employees Nicole St. Onge 109

7 Manipulating Identity: The Sault Borderlands Métis and Colonial Intervention Karl S. Hele 163

8 New Light on the Plains Métis: The Buffalo Hunters of Pembinah, 1870-71 Heather Devine 197

9 The Drummond Island Voyageurs and the Search for Great Lakes Métis Identity Karen J. Travers 219

Part III Métis Families and Communities

10 Searching for the Silver Fox: A Fur-Trade Family History Virginia (Parker) Barter 247

11 The Kokum Puzzle: Finding and Fitting the Pieces Donna G. Sutherland 305

12 "Where the White Dove Flew Up": The Saguingue Métis Community and the Fur Trade at Southampton on Lake Huron Patsy Lou Wilson McArthur 329

13 My Story: Reflections on Growing Up in Lac la Biche Jaime Koebel 349

Index 377

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