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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Co-editors of Pawaatamihk, from left: Cathy Mattes, Lindsay DuPré, Lucy Fowler, Jennifer Markides, Chantal Fiola, and Laura Forsythe. The Métis scholars celebrated the release of its inaugural edition last week.

Winnipeg Free Press: Métis journal believed first of its kind in Canada

October 6, 2023 — 

A group of Métis scholars is redefining what an academic journal is, with the launch of a new open-access publication that will print articles, artwork and knowledge in all of its forms — as long as they are made both by and for members of their community.

Pawaatamihk, named after a phrase that loosely translates from Michif and Ininimowin to “a group of people dreaming,” is believed to be the first nation-specific journal in Canada.

“We’ve all, at different times, felt pressure in the academy to conform to western worldviews and fitting our research into the academy, and we wanted a place where we could be publishing (and lifting) Métis voices,” said co-editor Lucy Fowler, an assistant professor of education at the University of Manitoba.

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