Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
SFU History Reads 2020: Halfbreed
Free, registration required.
When: Thu, Mar. 12 | 7-9 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU History, SFU Indigenous Studies (formerly First Nations Studies), and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
SFU HISTORY READS is a free, public book club that meets once a year to discuss a recent title of great historical significance. This year’s book is the revised and updated 2019 edition of Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed, originally published in 1973 by McClelland and Stewart.
This event will take the form of a moderated discussion among panel members followed by an extended discussion with the audience. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to read the book in advance.
The panel, moderated by Roxanne Panchasi (SFU History), features Dallas Hunt (UBC English), Mary-Ellen Kelm (SFU History), Deanna Reder (SFU First Nations/Indigenous Studies & English) and Alix Shield (SFU English).
About the book, Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
"An unflinchingly honest memoir of her experience as a Métis woman in Canada, Maria Campbell's Halfbreed depicts the realities that she endured and, above all, overcame. Maria was born in Northern Saskatchewan, her father the grandson of a Scottish businessman and Métis woman--a niece of Gabriel Dumont whose family fought alongside Riel and Dumont in the 1885 Rebellion; her mother the daughter of a Cree woman and French-American man. This extraordinary account, originally published in 1973, bravely explores the poverty, oppression, alcoholism, addiction, and tragedy Maria endured throughout her childhood and into her early adult life, underscored by living in the margins of a country pervaded by hatred, discrimination, and mistrust. Laced with spare moments of love and joy, this is a memoir of family ties and finding an identity in a heritage that is neither wholly Indigenous or Anglo; of strength and resilience; of indomitable spirit.
"This edition of Halfbreed includes a new introduction written by Indigenous (Métis) scholar Dr. Kim Anderson detailing the extraordinary work that Maria has been doing since its original publication 46 years ago, and an afterword by the author looking at what has changed, and also what has not, for Indigenous people in Canada today. Restored are the recently discovered missing pages from the original text of this groundbreaking and significant work."
Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!