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date: 18 July 2019

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The Metis are a distinct ethnic Indigenous peoples whose history, ancestry, and bicultural expression emerged out of the First Nation, French, and English fur trade, and who have inherited a wealth of both European and Indigenous literatures. This chapter is a survey of contemporary Metis writing in Canada, which has been informed by Metis resistance to Canada’s colonial politics and policies. The focus is on key Metis writers whose identities are strongly associated with the Metis Nation of western Canada. While these writers, whether from the 1970s or the 2000s, do not ignore their cultural groundings and political locations, they have inventively gathered roots, relations, bones, and songs as their work has developed in range, depth, and style.

Keywords: Metis literature, Metis Nation, resistance, Indigenous peoples, First Nation

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