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Help wanted with Métis education project

29 August 2005

Participants are wanted for a study entitled:

“Métis Children and the Christian Educational Agenda – the Formation of a Métis Childhood Identity in the West.”

This research is being undertaken by a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan for his Doctor of Philosophy dissertation. The objective is to study how Métis children, as students of the Christian educational agenda, either formed or did not form a unique identity during their education. The information obtained from the interviews will be used, along with archival sources and hymns, poetry, nursery rhymes, and stories, to construct Métis childhood at the mission stations of York Landing, Fort Ellice, Norway House and Rossville, Partridge Crop, Cumberland, Prince Albert, Morleyville, Green Lake, and The Pas.

Did the missionary educators attempt to recreate nineteenth-century Britain and France in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western Canada through these Métis students? Other issues may surface that are unique to the interviewees. It is hoped that upon completion of the research, a history of Métis childhood identity in the context of mission education in western Canada will be revealed.

This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the Office of Research Services at the University of Saskatchewan.

If you or someone you know was a student in the schools of any of the above communities, and would like to participate in a one- to one-and-a-half-hour interview, please contact Jonathan Anuik:

Student: Jonathan Anuik
Email: jonathananuik@yahoo.ca
Telephone: (306) 934-4631 in Saskatoon (out-of-town participants may call collect)

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