Metis Pioneers

by Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed

University of Alberta Press

2018

Non-Fiction: Biography and Memoir, Gender Studies, History, Indigenous

CDN $: 45.00

978-1-77212-271-8

In Metis Pioneers, Doris Jeanne MacKinnon compares the survival strategies of two Metis women born during the fur trade—one from the French-speaking free trade tradition and one from the English-speaking Hudson’s Bay Company tradition—who settled in southern Alberta as the Canadian West transitioned to a sedentary agricultural and industrial economy. MacKinnon provides rare insight into their lives, demonstrating the contributions Metis women made to the building of the Prairie West. This is a compelling tale of two women’s acts of quiet resistance in the final days of the British Empire.

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