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Firekeepers of the Twenty-First Century

First Nations Women Chiefs

by Cora Voyageur

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list price: $95.00
also available: Paperback Hardcover
category: Social Science
published: 2008
imprint: MQUP
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Firekeepers of the Twenty-First Century: First Nations Women Chiefs

The 1951 revisions to the Indian Act paved the way for women to officially become involved in reserve politics. The purpose of this book is to give female chiefs the opportunity to tell their own stories. Voyageur, a Dene woman who teaches at the University of Calgary, presents portraits of sixty-four women who have been elected chiefs. Voyageur analyses what inspired them, how they determined their priorities, and the costs and rewards involved in their positions. This book provides an historical perspective of the Indian Act and the issues that Aboriginals struggle with, statistical tables and a glossary of terms.

This book is McGill-Queen’s Native and Northern Series: 51.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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Beginning with Elsie Knott, the first female chief in Canada, Cora Voyageur presents the lives of sixty-four of the ninety women chiefs who have assumed the traditionally male role of elected First Nations leadership. Using a range of qualitative research strategies, surveys, participant observation, interviews, and discussions with focus groups, Voyageur presents the colonial histories behind the issues that contemporary Aboriginal communities struggle with and delineates the resulting leadership dilemmas for chiefs, while also articulating a story that is unique to First Nations women.

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