Métis Women are the heart and soul of the Métis people. Without them, there would be no Métis Nation. They are the strength behind our families, communities, and places of work. In the past, their kinship networks established where people settled and whom people married. Sovereign within their familial and community roles, they were the healers, the stewards of the land and its resources, the keepers of Indigenous knowledge, and the midwives who kept the Métis Nation nurtured, educated, and sustained. This tradition has continued into the present as Métis women have moved past their domestic and familial spheres into areas such as social advocacy, the arts, sports, law, post-secondary education, and entrepreneurship. Containing hundreds of biographies, Women of the Métis Nation is an ambitious role model book that documents more than 200 years of trailblazing Métis women.
About the authors
Leah Dorion (B.Ed., B.A., M.A.) is a Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge that connects all people. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine.
Other titles by Leah Dorion
sînapân kîskasâkâs: A Guide to Making Contemporary-Style Métis Ribbon Skirts
Métis Camp Circle
A Bison Culture Way of Life
Métis Christmas Mittens
My First Métis Lobstick
A Story of Métis Life During the Voyageur Fur Trade Days
The Diamond Willow Walking Stick
A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity
Relatives with Roots
A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land
The Giving Tree
A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story