A People and a Nation
248 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Mar 2021

A People and a Nation

New Directions in Contemporary Métis Studies

UBC Press

In A People and a Nation, the authors, most of whom are Métis, offer readers a set of lenses through which to consider the complexity of historical and contemporary Métis nationhood and peoplehood. Multidisciplinary chapters on identity, politics, literature, history, spirituality, religion, and kinship networks orient the conversation toward Métis experiences today.

The chapters within are themselves also a reorientation given that the field of Métis studies has been afflicted by a long-standing tendency to situate Métis within deeply racialized contexts, and/or by an overwhelming focus on the nineteenth century. A People and a Nation confronts such problematic characterizations head on, training a critical gaze on conventional historiographical positionings of the Métis people as a primitive intermediate force that opened up the Canadian West.

A People and a Nation dismantles the impoverished notions that continue to shape political, legal, and social understandings of Métis existence. It is a timely collection that convincingly demonstrates how racialized interpretative frameworks diminish the Métis people and are incompatible with the task of understanding Métis peoplehood and nationhood.

This important work will appeal not only to scholars in Métis studies but also to scholars and students of Indigenous studies, political science, sociology, history, and cultural studies, and to policy workers and others seeking a better understanding of the Métis people and the current state of Métis studies.

Jennifer Adese (otipemisiwak/Métis) is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is (with Robert Alexander Innes) co-editor of Indigenous Celebrity: Indigenous Entanglements with Fame (forthcoming, University of Manitoba Press), and is the recipient of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “‘No one else can speak for us’: Métis Women's Political Organizing, 1970s–Present.” Her work has appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature (SAIL), American Indian Quarterly (AIQ), Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society (DIES), MediaTropes, TOPIA, PUBLIC - ART, CULTURE, IDEAS, along with a number of edited collections. Chris Andersen (Métis) is the dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author of the award-winning “Métis”: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood, and, with Maggie Walter, co-author of Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Indigenous Methodology. With Jean O’Brien, he co-edited Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies.

Paul L. Gareau, Adam Gaudry, Robert L.A. Hancock, Robert Alexander Innes, June Scudeler, Jesse Thistle, Daniel Voth

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