Walking in the Woods: A Métis Journey

Herb Belcourt

Reflecting on his evolving identification as a man or woman, a Canadian and a Métis westerner, Herb Belcourt tells the amazing tale of 1 familys enduring connection to the dramatic background of western Canada. Belcourt strains his ancestry on to an early French-Canadian voyageur and his Cree-Métis spouse who lived in Ruperts Land after 1800. The eldest of ten little ones, Belcourt grew up in a small log domestic close to Lac Ste. Anne throughout the melancholy. His father bought furs from neighborhood First countries and Métis trappers and, with onerous paintings, started a family members fur buying and selling enterprise that survives to today. whilst Belcourt left domestic at 15 to develop into a labourer in coal mines and sawmills, his father informed him to save lots of his funds so he may well paintings for himself. Over the following 3 a long time, Belcourt begun a few small Alberta companies that prospered and finally enabled him to make major contributions to the Métis group in Alberta.

Belcourt has committed over 30 years of his lifestyles to enhancing entry to reasonable housing and additional schooling for aboriginal Albertans. In 1971, he co-founded Canative Housing company, a non-profit business enterprise charged with delivering houses for city aboriginal those who faced housing discrimination in Edmonton and Calgary. In 2004, Belcourt and his colleagues confirmed the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards Fund, a $13-million endowment with a mandate to help the tutorial desires of Métis early life and mature scholars in Alberta and to make an enduring distinction within the lives of Métis Albertans.

Awarded an honourary doctorate of legislation by way of the collage of Alberta in 2001, Belcourt is additionally the 2006 recipient of a countrywide Aboriginal success Award for Housing. during this memoir, Walking within the Woods, he describes Albertas possibilities with admiration whereas conversing bluntly in regards to the lack of aboriginal and Métis land in western Canada, and concerning the tough effects of generations of interracial false impression within the West. Addressed to younger Métis, and to all Canadians, he speaks with compelling candour approximately his love for this nation, and his issues approximately its future.

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