Métis in Canada

Métis in Canada

History, Identity, Law & Politics

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
"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 Mâetis in Canada today. After the Powley decision in 2003, Mâetis 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 Mâetis past and present.

Wayne State
Twelve essays look at Canadian Métis today in terms of history, identity, law, and politics.
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.

Book News
The U. of Alberta Press has issued this new study, distributed in the US by Wayne State U. Press. It looks at Métis people, a uniquely Canadian group relevant to understanding Aboriginal identities in general. Métis people are descendants of indigenous tribal members who intermarried with, primarily, fur-trade company employees in the Great Lakes region and northward through Canada. Métis communities developed tribal identities and recognizable styles in arts and material culture, their rights are recognized by the Canadian government, and the number of Canadians who identify as Métis is growing rapidly. Here, twelve essays by different authors are collected by editors Christopher Adams, Gregg Dahl, and Ian Peach, all of whom have been policy experts on Canadian-indigenous issues. The book is divided into four sections: identity, history, law, and politics. The first covers 19th century, women's, and half-breed perspectives; the second looks at the historical genesis of ethnic identity in one group, at economic exchange, and at newly found writings of Louis Riel. The law section includes two essays on Métis aboriginal rights, and the politics section offers four essays, on political organization and its history, building a Métis government in Saskatchewan, and using interest group strategies. Contributors are Métis, Métis descendants, and non-Métis; they are academic scholars from the humanities and social and political sciences, indigenous scholars, and/or experts in relevant fields of law and policy. The conclusion offers the idea that the concept of Métis in Canada is unique, diverse, complex, and contingent; that it is real, but not easily definable. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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."--pub. desc.

Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780888646408
Characteristics: xxviii, 530 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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