About the Book
For over two centuries, the Métis have fought for recognition as an Indigenous people and as a Nation. This struggle has played out on the battlefield, in the courts, and at the negotiating table, often over issues of governance, land rights, and resources. It wasn’t until 1982, when the government patriated the Constitution, that Métis rights were officially recognized by Canada. The True Canadians chronicles Métis challenges and achievements over those 40 years and well before. Focused on Alberta, the book traces the growth of the Métis Nation of Alberta, which in 2022 ratified its own Constitution, the same year as the 40th anniversary of Canada’s Constitution Act. The title refers to the fact the Métis are the people born of this land.
Image 1: MNA President Poitras presents the Honourable Marc Miller, Federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, with a copy of the book during new self-government agreement signing.
Image 2: Signing Alberta Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement.
The True Canadians is available through independent bookstores across Canada and Chapters/Indigo. The audio version will be available soon.
The True Canadians is also available through Kindle and Kobo.
Patricia Russell is a descendant of the Ladouceur and Sanderson Métis families of Lac La Biche, Fort Chipewyan, and Fort Fitzgerald in Alberta and of Fort Smith, Fort Resolution, and Hay River in the Northwest Territories. Using her background in broadcast journalism and photography, Patricia was instrumental in developing, writing, and publishing the first and subsequent editions of the magazine, Otipemisiwak, during her time as the Communications Manager with the Métis Nation of Alberta. Patricia is an enthusiastic supporter of all things Métis, especially when it comes to storytelling. Patricia lives in Yellowknife, NWT with her Standard Poodle, McKeown, and is a short drive to her daughter, son-in-law, and three brilliant grandchildren.
Photos from the book
Maps from the book