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CanLit150

Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.

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Half-Breed by Maria Campbell

Half-Breed (1983)

(From Amazon.ca)

Maria Campbell's biography is a classic, vital account of a young Métis woman's struggle to come to terms with the joys, sorrows, loves and tragedies of her northern Saskatchewan childhood.

Maria was a strong and sensitive child who lived in a community robbed of its pride and dignity by the dominant culture. At 15 she tried in vain to escape by marrying a white man, only to find herself trapped in the slums of Vancouver -- addicted to drugs, tempted by suicide, close to death. But the inspiration of her Cree great-grandmother, Cheechum, gives her confidence in herself and in her people, confidence she needs to survive and to thrive.

Half-Breed offers an unparalleled understanding of the Métis people and of the racism and hatred they face. Maria Campbell's story cannot be denied and it cannot be forgotten: it stands as a challenge to all Canadians who believe in human rights and human dignity.

Maria Campbell

Maria Campbell was born and raised in a northern Saskatchewam Metis community. An author and community worker, her many books include Achimoona (1985) and Stories of the Road Allowance People (1995).