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Metis Pioneers

Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon

Canadian Studies, History

Published: March 2018
ISBN: 9781772122718
Pages: 504 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 20 B&W photographs

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 fur trade 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.

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon was born on a farm in northeastern Alberta and attended school in the historic town of St-Paul-des-Métis. She has a PhD in Indigenous and post-Confederation Canadian history. An independent researcher and postsecondary instructor, she lives in Red Deer, Alberta.