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Re-searching Metis identity : my Metis family story

dc.contributor.advisorConway, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHampton, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFarthing, Gerryen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFagan, Kristinaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKatz, Richarden_US
dc.creatorTurner, Taraen_US 2010en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research explores Metis identity through the use of a Metis family story. The participants of this Metis family were my father and his two sisters and his two brothers. As children, they lost both their parents at the same time in a car accident. After the death of their parents my participants all encountered the child welfare system, through adoption, orphanage, and foster care. Through adoption, the two youngest participants were separated from their siblings, and any knowledge of their Metis heritage, until they were adults. Individual interviews were conducted with each participant to gather their life stories. Two additional gatherings of the participants were completed in order to share individual and family stories. The second and final gathering was conducted as a talking circle. A culturally congruent qualitative research process was created with the use of stories, ceremonies, and the strengthening of family relationships. Analysis was completed with the use of Aboriginal storytelling guidelines. The themes examined through my family’s story include trauma, the child welfare system, and Metis identity. A significant piece of the research process was the creation of a “Metis psychological homeland” (Richardson, 2004, p. 56), a psychological space of both healing and affirming Aboriginal identity. This dissertation is an example of how research can be completed in a way that does not perpetuate the mistrust between Aboriginal people and researchers, and that works to improve this relationship.en_US
dc.subjectMetis identityen_US
dc.subjectMetis researchen_US
dc.subjectMetis storiesen_US
dc.titleRe-searching Metis identity : my Metis family storyen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US of Saskatchewanen_US of Philosophy (Ph.D.)en_US


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