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Social Science Women's Studies

Finding a Way to the Heart

Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women's History in Canada

edited by Robin Jarvis Brownlie & Valerie J. Korinek

University of Manitoba Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Women's Studies, Native American Studies, General
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    Sep 2019
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2012
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
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When Sylvia Van Kirk published her groundbreaking book, Many Tender Ties, in 1980, she revolutionized the historical understanding of the North American fur trade and introduced entirely new areas of inquiry in women’s, social, and Aboriginal history. Finding a Way to the Heart examines race, gender, identity, and colonization from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and illustrates Van Kirk’s extensive influence on a generation of feminist scholarship.

About the authors

Robin Jarvis Brownlie is an associate professor in the Department of History at University of Manitoba and author of A Fatherly Eye: Indian Agents, Government Power, and Aboriginal Resistance in Ontario, 1918–1939.

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Valerie J. Korinek is a professor in the Department of History at University of Saskatchewan, and is the author of Roughing It in Suburbia: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties.

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Editorial Reviews

"A scholarly book that examines race, gender, identity and colonization from the early 19th century to the late 20th century and illustrates renowned Canadian scholar Sylvia Van Kirk's extensive influence on a generation of feminist scholarship and women's history."


"All of these essays are seminal works that have been deftly edited by the collaborative effort of academicians Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie J. Korinek. The result is an informed and informative body of work that is a valued contribution to, and highly recommended for, academic library Canadian History, Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."

“An essential piece of work and a must-have book for every scholar, historian, educator and student of Aboriginal culture and contributions.”

Alberta Native News

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