University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: February 2018
Features: 20 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, index
Keywords: Indigenous History / Women’s Studies / Biography
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, Metis History, Women's History, Alberta History, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, HISTORY / Native American, Biography: general, Gender studies: women & girls, Indigenous History / Women’s Studies / Biography
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon. Doris Jeanne MacKinnon was born on a farm in northeastern Alberta and attended school in the historic town of St-Paul-des-Métis. She has a PhD in Indigenous and post-Confederation Canadian history. An independent researcher and postsecondary instructor, she lives in Red Deer, Alberta.

"[These two women's] individual paths provide interesting parallel stories about Metis women who survived and thrived as the Canadian west transitioned from the fur trade to a more sedentary agricultural economy. Marie Rose’s family was French-speaking Metis and a few served as Louis Riel’s soldiers. Isabella was from the English-speaking Metis stock. Both were born in 1861 and both married non-Indigenous men in unions that were influenced, or arranged outright, by their families. Both families had a strong history in the fur trade; Marie Rose’s were free traders and Isabella as part of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Both were community builders who later relied on their influence and circle of acquaintances for support after they became widows and fell on hard times. And the stories of both women showed how the Metis people continued to make significant contributions to the Canadian west even after the fur trade ended, an area of historical study that MacKinnon thinks is rife for discovery...." [Full article at http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/books/lady-belle-and-marie-rose-new-book-showcases-pioneering-metis-women-in-alberta]

Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald


"MacKinnon's book offers readers an in-depth look at the contributions each of the two women made to the growth of Canada's west, but more than that, it is a book about courage, resilience, determination and strength of character. The book was written to tell the truth..."

John Copley, Alberta Native News


“The cultural bridging demonstrated by the two women subjects of this book is both evident and significant.”

Wayne Holst, Colleagues List II


"Whether or not the two women were ever in the same room together, their individual paths provide interesting parallel stories about Metis women who survived and thrived as the Canadian west transitioned from the fur trade to a more sedentary agricultural economy…And the stories of both women showed how the Metis people continued to make significant contributions to the Canadian west even after the fur trade ended, an area of historical study that MacKinnon thinks is rife for discovery."

Eric Volmers, Windsor Star, Strength and Resilience: Documenting how pioneering Metis womenin Alberta survived beyond the fur trade


"This book deals with the lives of two frontier women - Isabella Lougheed and Marie Rose Smith. They both were Metis but their histories were miles apart. ... The author has fond a rich source of history in these two women and offers them in a detailed account of their lives."

Alberta History

“MacKinnon has written a meticulously researched and engaging account of the lives of two intelligent, resourceful, and strong Metis women.”

Donald B. Smith, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Calgary

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