Defining M?tis: Catholic Missionaries & The Idea...

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Author Foran, Timothy P
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Defining Métisexamines categories used by Catholic missionaries to describe Indigenous people in present-day northwestern Saskatchewan in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It argues that the construction and evolution of these categories reflected missionaries' changing interests and agendas. Timothy P. Foran challenges the orthodox notion that Oblate commentators simply discovered and described a singular, empirically existing, and readily identifiable Métis population. Rather, he contends that Oblates played an important role in the conceptual production ofles métis.

Table of Contents
Introduction Ch. 1 Saint-Jean-Baptiste in an Evolving Mission Network Ch. 2 Oblate Perceptions of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Île-à-la-Crosse Ch. 3 Oblates and the Beginnings of Residential Education at Île-à-la-Crosse Ch. 4 Oblates and the Categorization of Indigeneity at Île-à-la-Crosse Conclusion Appendix: The Evolution of an Oblate Mission Network: Saint-Jean-Baptiste and its Outposts, 1852–72