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The North-West is Our Mother
Monday, Oct. 28 | 7 PM | Forsyth Hall
After being defeated in battle in 1885, the Métis People lived in hiding for twenty years. Early in the twentieth century, they determined to hide no more, and are now recognized in Canada as a distinct Indigenous nation. Written by the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, this engaging history of “forgotten people” tells the story up to the present era of national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Jean Teillet will be in conversation with Celina Loyer.

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Jean Teillet is an Indigenous-rights lawyer who lives in Vancouver. Well known in the Indigenous community, she is highly respected and has received numerous awards for her achievements.

The story of the Métis Nation, a new Indigenous people descended from both First Nations and Europeans, begins in the last decade of the eighteenth century in the Canadian North-West. Within twenty years, the Métis proclaimed themselves a nation and won their first battle. Within forty years, they were famous throughout North America for their military skills, their nomadic life and their buffalo hunts.

The Métis Nation didn’t just drift into the Canadian consciousness in the early 1800s; it burst onto the scene fully formed. The Métis were flamboyant and defiant – nomads with a very different way of being in the world. They battled continuously – for recognition, for their lands and for their rights and freedoms. In 1870 and 1885, led by Louis Riel, they fought back when Canada took their lands. These acts of resistance became defining moments in Canadian history, with implications that reverberate to this day.
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Celina Loyer is the Aboriginal Programmer on staff at the Musée Héritage Museum. Working alongside the Program Manager, she develops and leads programs that have Aboriginal content and information.