Marie-Louise Riel: Oral Traditions and Resilience of Métis in Québec



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Conference presented at Carleton University (Ottawa) by Dr. Seb Malette, Ph.D. (January 15, 2019), based on a paper co-authored with Guillaume Marcotte, MA.

In this conference, Dr. Malette challenges the position of Dr. Chris Andersen (University of Alberta) who posited that no living cultural transmissions exist among the Métis in the eastern provinces of Canada.

Dr. Malette refutes this position by presenting the oral tradition of Marie-Louise Riel, which is still vivid among some Métis Elders of the Outaouais region. Malette further presents evidence suggesting the historical existence of a Métis community in the vicinity of Maniwaki (Western Quebec).

Malette also shares evidence showing the recognition by the Algonquin people of the same region (among other documents), as well as evidence of continuity for the same Métis regional community.

Malette concludes by discussing the risks he associates with academic work portraying the history and culture of the Eastern Métis as non-existent, fraudulent or “race-shifters”–despite evidence to the contrary. Malette suggests that such scholarship is at risk of nurturing a politics of erasure in line with the colonialism already experienced by the Outaouais Métis, who are still struggling for the recognition of their identity and community by Canadian officials.

Duration: 1:31:17.


A frame by frame PDF of this Prezi presentation can be found here:

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