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Examining the founders of Manitoba

New book by professor and alumnus Fred Shore illuminates the history of the Métis

Indigenous Awareness Month began with a three-part speaker series on the Métis – the first from University of Manitoba alumnus and Native Studies professor Fred Shore.

As a pre-launch to his new book, Threads in the Sash: The Story of the Metis People, Shore read an excerpt from it, answering why the people once denounced as ‘half-breeds’ are now recognized as key players in Manitoba’s history.

Who are the Métis? As Shore explains, through exploration of the history, culture and political development of the Métis, there isn’t a single definitive answer.

Shore is a leading Métis historian and scholar. He earned his Master’s degree in history from the U of M in 1983 and completed his PhD in 1991 with his thesis, The Canadians and the Métis: The Re-Creation of Manitoba, 1858-1872. His experiences and research areas are vast but he primarily focuses on Métis history and political issues of Indigenous people throughout Canada. Working since 1985, Shore is the second longest serving faculty member in the Department of Native Studies at the U of M.

Drawing upon Shore’s expertise and teachings on the Métis, Threads in the Sash digs deep into history to explore and illustrate many aspects of Métis culture that have mystified nearly everyone. Pemmican Publications, the publisher of the book describes it as “a valuable and enlightening history of the Métis, from their beginnings in Canada’s emerging fur trade through the creation of Manitoba and the rise of a proud and distinct people.”

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