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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Métis Politics and Governance in Canada

At a time when the Métis are becoming increasingly visible in Canadian politics, this unique book offers a practical guide for understanding who they are and the challenges they face on the path to self-government. It shows how the Métis are giving life to Louis Riel’s vision of a self-governing Métis Nation through the ongoing application of principles of governance that emerged during the fur trade. Drawing on the Métis language – Michif – Kelly Saunders and Janique Dubois demonstrate how the Métis have adapted their governance structures within the Canadian state context to meet the everyday needs of Métis citizens.

220 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword by Clément Chartier

Foreword by Jason Madden


1 La Noovel Naasyoon / Métis Political Organization in Historical Perspective

2 Lii Valeur di Goovarnimaan di Michif / Principles of Métis Governance

3 Lii Goovarnimaan di Michif / Métis Governments

4 Kiihtwaam Ooshtaahk lii Goovarnimaan di Michif / (Re)building a Métis Civil Service

5 Lii Faam di Naasyoon di Michif / Mothers of the Métis Nation

6 Li Shmayn ishi Tipaymishoohk / The Road to Métis Self-Government

Conclusion: Lii Drway di Naasyoon di Michif Ka Paashpiiwahk / The Ongoing Struggle for Métis Rights

Notes; References; Index

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