The North-West Is Our Mother

The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Métis Nation

by Jean Teillet

On Sale: 09/17/2019

The North-West Is Our Mother

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The North-West Is Our Mother

The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Métis Nation

by Jean Teillet

On Sale: 09/17/2019


About the Book

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 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 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 twenty years. But early in the twentieth 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.

2019 marks the 175th anniversary of Louis Riel’s birthday (October 22, 1844)

Critical Praise

The Northwest is Our Mother  is a scholarly, thoroughly researched, historically accurate and completely engaging account of the Metis nation - and this book is also medicine. Reading it feels like healing. Its pages raise the true story above the lies that have been told to us and about our Metis Nation.” — Katherena Vermette, bestselling author of The Break

  "When Jean Teillet talks about The Métis Nation, we all need to listen. She is passionate. She is a great expert. She has a profound understanding of the Métis story. This is a narrative which flows effortlessly and movingly through her book." — John Ralston Saul, author of The Comeback

“A compelling history of the struggle for rights and justice of the citizens of the historic Métis Nation in their traditional homeland in what is now western Canada.” — Clement Chartier, QC, President, Metis National Council


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443450126
  • ISBN 10: 144345012X
  • Imprint: Patrick Crean Editions
  • On Sale: 09/17/2019
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price:36.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Native American
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Canada / General
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / Social History

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