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  • The North-West Is Our Mother

  • The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Metis Nation
  • Auteur(s): Jean Teillet
  • Narrateur(s): Jean Teillet
  • Durée: 14 h et 41 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Catégories: History, Americas
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There is a missing chapter in the narrative of Canada’s Indigenous peoples - the story of the Métis Nation, a new Indigenous people descended from both First Nations and Europeans

Their story begins in the last decade of the 18th century in the Canadian North-West. Within 20 years the Métis proclaimed themselves a nation and won their first battle. Within 40 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 slowly into the Canadian consciousness in the early 1800s; it burst onto the scene fully formed. The Métis were flamboyant, defiant, loud, and definitely not noble savages. They were nomads with a very different way of being in the world - always on the move, very much in the moment, passionate and fierce. They were romantics and visionaries with big dreams. They battled continuously - for recognition, for their lands and for their rights and freedoms. In 1870 and 1885, led by the iconic 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: Western alienation, Indigenous rights and the French/English divide. 

After being defeated at the Battle of Batoche in 1885, the Métis lived in hiding for 20 years. But early in the 20th century, they determined to hide no more and began a long, successful fight back into the Canadian consciousness. The Métis people are now recognized in Canada as a distinct Indigenous nation. Written by the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, this popular and engaging history of “forgotten people” tells the story up to the present era of national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. 

Title: Métis camp with Red River carts at [Milk River Lake, Alberta]

Source: Library and Archives Canada/George M. Dawson fonds/e011156514  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2019 Jean Teillet (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Just wow, wow, and more wow.

Finished this today, and I'm a changed person. What an amazing book on the history of Canada, and The Metis people. I feel the author does a great job detailing the parallel life a Metis person must endure. Upon reflection, it's ways of thinking politically, spiritually, socially that makes a nation so perhaps one could view the Metis as a bridge between First Nation people and the people who settled here? Perhaps I could even call my Metis family The Children of Canada?

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True Canadian history!

Love this book. This book is so full of information... I immediately listened again when finished. Easy to listen to... very well read.👍👍

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Complete history of the Mètis

A people unique from all other First Nation communities of Turtle Island. Thank you.

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Mandatory reading

In order for Canada to truly know it’s own identity, this book should be mandatory reading at universities across the nation. We have needed this book for a long time. Canadians no longer have the convenient excuse of not knowing who the Métis are or how the people helped form the country into what it is today. As a storyteller, Jean Teillet has made this truth telling easy to read.

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Clear, concise, endearing, honest, & shameful.

My grandmother had to hide our proud heritage so we could succeed. This is why.

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It is pretty cool hearing my family name in old stories.I am quite enjoying it

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  • 2021-06-02

beautiful account of history

great vocal performance in addition to being witty, honest, and intelligent. Greatly appreciate Jean's deep knowledge of the law. a long and very healing listen