Metis in Canada

History, Identity, Law and Politics


Metis in Canada

These twelve essays constitute a groundbreaking volume of new work prepared by leading scholars in the fields of history, anthropology, constitutional law, political science, and sociology, who identify the many facets of what it means to be Métis in Canada today. After the Powley decision in 2003, Métis people were no longer conceptually limited to the historical boundaries of the fur trade in Canada. Key ideas explored in this collection include identity, rights, and issues of governance, politics, and economics. The book will be of great interest to scholars in political science and native studies, the legal community, public administrators, government policy advisors, and people seeking to better understand the Métis past and present. Contributors: Christopher Adams, Gloria Jane Bell, Glen Campbell, Gregg Dahl, Janique Dubois, Tom Flanagan, Liam J. Haggarty, Laura-Lee Kearns, Darren O'Toole, Jeremy Patzer, Ian Peach, Siomonn P. Pulla, Kelly L. Saunders.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Introduction 12
Part One: Identity 30
1 Oscillating Identities | Bell 32
2 (Re)claiming Metis Women Identities | Kearns 88
3 A Half-breed's Perspective on Being Metis | Dahl 122
Part Two: History 170
4 From Entity to Identity to Nation | O'Toole 172
5 Metis Economics | Haggarty 234
6 Newly Discovered Writings of Louis Riel | Campbell & Flanagan 278
Part Three: Law 306
7 The Long, Slow Road to Recognizing Metis Rights | Peach 308
8 Even When We're Winning, Are We Losing? | Patzer 336
Part Four: Politics 366
9 No Other Weapons | Saunders 368
10 Regional Nationalism or National Mobilization? | Pulla 426
11 From Service Providers to Decision Makers | Dubois 462
12 Government Relations and Metis People | Adams 492
Conclusion | Peach, Dahl & Adams 520
Contributors 526
Index 530
Other Titles from University of Alberta Press 561