Métis Kinscapes at Lac Ste. Anne
Grounded in Indigenous studies and Métis methodologies, the Métis Kinscapes project seeks to challenge misrepresentations of Métis views on religion, Indigenous identity, history, and place using Lac Ste. Anne as a case study. Specifically, the project seeks to disrupt contemporary race-based ideas of the Métis in favour of a place-based analysis of Métis peoplehood through their kinscapes. These kinscapes are complex webs of relations that link Métis families to their ancestors, places, and stories, as well as to other Indigenous and non-Indigenous nations and communities.
While the project is housed in the Faculty of Native Studies at UAlberta, researchers at the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology have played a specific role in collecting genealogical and spatial information on Métis families connected primarily to the Lac Ste. Anne, St Albert, and Edmonton area. Blending spatial and genealogical data allows researchers to map these kinscapes using GIS and paint a more complete picture of the Métis in Alberta.
This research hopes to accomplish three objectives, 1) to shed light on the historical and contemporaneous role of the Métis at Lac Ste Anne; 2) to demonstrate how this social geography remains an important part of the modern Métis Nation; and 3) to assert a Métis historical continuation in contrast to the erasure of settler colonial narratives.
2020 - 2023 Cluster Grant, Kule Institute for Advanced Study
2018 - 2020 Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada
2017 - 2018 Team Grant, Kule Institute for Advanced Study