In this lecture, Professor Sébastien Malette (Carleton University) will unpack the rhetoric which denies the existence of the historical Métis of Québec. Responding to scholarly accusations that Eastern Métis are “zombies” with no “living” traditions, Professor Malette will present the oral tradition of Marie-Louise Riel, reported as protecting Louis Riel in the Outaouais region during his political exile after the first resistance of 1869-1870. Examples of East-West Métis kinship and solidarity, historical and of recent vintage, that defy the territorial reification of Métis culture as being solely a western phenomenon will also be discussed.
For more information, please see the link to the article "Marie-Louise: Protector of Louis Riel in Québec" by Sébastien Malette and Guillaume Marcotte (Media Tropes eJournal, VII, No 1 (2017): pp. 26-74):