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Portrait of a People
by Kermot A. Moore

How do Natives see white intrusion into their territory? Here, for the first time, is a history of Kipawa, a Native community in northern Quebec as told by Kermot Moore, a Métis of Nishnabi (Ojibwa) descent who grew up there. Changes wrought by the fur trade, lumbering and tourism are described in detail. In a hard-hitting style, Mr. Moore shows how traplines and the new tourist zoning systems have displaced the Native, disrupting their traditional livelihood of trapping and forcing them onto the farm or into the factory. Native methods of game conservation are described, as are the land issues that brought the community to stage a blockade on one of the main highways in 1979. For anyone concerned with Native issues, this book should be required reading.

Kermot A. Moore spent his early years as a trapper, lumberman and miner in and around the Kipawa area. An administrator in the Royal Canadian Air Force for twenty years, he resigned to write Native history and to take an active part in Native affairs. He founded the Laurentian Alliance of Métis and Non-Status Indians in Quebec, in which he served as President for three years. He is also Past President of the Native Council of Canada. Making his home in Elk Lake, Ontario, Mr. Moore is now [in 1982] campaigning for the inclusion of Native rights in the new Canadian constitution, writing a Native history of Canada, and compiling an anthology of myths and legends among the Algonquian people in the Ottawa River watershed.

This book is a reprint of the original text from 1982, the history being as important to be studied today as it was then. We have done our best with the photos. Every word in the original is in this edition, plus a very few of our own. While we were at it, we added an index, hoping it would make the book more serviceable.

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ISBN: 978-1-989615-53-9 | WMPub#1146 | 8½" x 5½"
202 pages; trade paperback 69 photos and diagrams | $19.95

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Table of Contents

3Original Acknowledgement

4Heritage, poem by Dorothy Farmiloe



13CHAPTER ONE: The Awakening

17CHAPTER TWO: Kipawa: Geography and Historical Setting

25CHAPTER THREE: Foreign Diseases

46CHAPTER FOUR: Land Use and Ownership

57CHAPTER FIVE: Spiritual Beliefs

66CHAPTER SlX: The Fur Trade

86CHAPTER SEVEN: Agriculture and its Social Effects

110CHAPTER EIGHT: Lumbering

135CHAPTER NINE: Forest Fire Protection

140CHAPTER TEN: Tourism

153CHAPTER ELEVEN : The Move from the Communities

163CHAPTER TWELVE: Hunting and Fishing Rights Versus Zone d’Amenagement et de Conservation

167CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Trapline System

177CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Municipal Government

184CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Land of the Nishnabi—Today and Tomorrow

196Books Referenced