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Daniel Voth

Position: 

Annual Fellow 2018-19

Biography: 

Tanshi!  My name is Daniel and I am Métis from the Métis Nation of the Red River Valley.  I descend from a well-respected family of buffalo hunters who lived in Red River while travelling the length and breadth of the northern plains.  I was born, raised, and educated near my family’s scrip land in the inner city of Winnipeg.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Winnipeg in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008 I served as the lead intern in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Internship Program where I wrote speeches and researched for both executive council and government members of the legislative assembly.  My doctoral research examined the political and decolonizing relationships between Métis and other Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.  Using the work of Métis scholar and activist Howard Adams, I argue that fractious and uncomfortable political relationships can foster a broad inter-Indigenous decolonizing politics. I am thrilled to be a member of the Department of Political Science at the world class University of Calgary in the territory of Treaty 7 peoples.

Research Activities: 

Testing the Ties that Bind: Indigenous Women, Kinship, and Politics in Métis and Halfbreed Identity at Red River
In 1869/70 Canada sought to expand its territory westward into the Red River Valley. In that act, the settler state encountered indignant Indigenous peoples who called themselves Métis and Halfbreeds. Scholars have struggled to know if these people were a single, unified Indigenous people, or if the Métis and Halfbreeds should be seen as two distinct, and divided Indigenous peoples. The literature on the debate tends to privilege the perspectives of Indigenous male elites, settler clergy, and European identities. My project will take up the question of Métis/Halfbreed identity and cohesion in 1869/70 by focusing on the way Métis and other Indigenous women anchor Indigenous identity and community, and then by examining how this shapes our understanding of the Red River community’s political positions–taken in response to the expanding settler state.

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