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Emma LaRocque, Ph.D.

Emma LaRocque, Ph.D.

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Metis writer and Professor Emma LaRocque is profiled. See also the "People of the Metis Nation," "Dictionary of Metis Biography"and "Women of the Metis Nation."
Metis writer and Professor Emma LaRocque is profiled. See also the "People of the Metis Nation," "Dictionary of Metis Biography"and "Women of the Metis Nation."

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Dec 15, 2010
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Emma LaRocque.
(b. 1949)
Emma LaRocque is a Metis from northeastern Alberta, born in the small Metis communityof Big Bay. She received her B.A. from Goshen College (Indiana) in 1973, an M.A. in Religionand Peace Studies (1976), an M.A. in History at the University of Manitoba and completed her Ph.D. in History and English at thesame institution in 1999. Her widely read education monograph,
 Defeathering the Indian
(Agincourt, Ontario: Book Society of Canada, 1975) was written out of her desire to reduce the violencedone to Native students in the Canadian education system. This book is a major contribution to Aboriginal decolonization efforts. Itcontains three major sections; Native heritage and culture,stereotypes and myths about Native people, and media portrayals of  Native people.Since 1977, Emma has been a professor of Native Studies at theUniversity of Manitoba. She is also a well-known poet. Her poetryhas appeared in a number of anthologies such as: W.H. New (Editor):
 Native Writers and Canadian Writing 
(Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1990:132-152), Jeanne Perrault and Sylvia Vance (Editors)
Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada
. (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993: 136-148), and inJoan Turner (Editor):
 Living the Changes
. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1990: 76-90). She was interviewed by Hartmut Lutz for the book 
Contemporary Challenges:Conversations with Canadian Native Authors
(Saskatoon: Fifth House Publishers, 1991: 181-202). Larocque contributed three poems to the recent 2011 anthology
(JamesSinclair and Warren Carriou (Eds.).
In 2005 Emma received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Education). TheFoundation stated:Dr. Emma LaRocque is a scholar, author, professor, poet and human rights advocate.She grew up in a Cree-speaking, hunting/trapping Métis culture in northeastern Alberta.Overcoming obstacles of marginalization, poverty and childhood blindness, Dr. LaRocquewent on to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications from GoshenCollege, Goshen, Indiana in 1973; a Master of Arts in Peace Studies from the AssociatedMennonite Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana - for which she received the Rockefeller Fellowship- in 1976; an MA in History in1980 and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies inHistory/English from the University of Manitoba in 1999. Author of 
 Defeathering The Indian
in1975, a study of stereotypes of "Indians" in public schools, Dr. LaRocque haswritten more than 60 publications, both scholarly and popular, in areas of colonization,Canadian historiography, misrepresentation, racism, identity, violence against women andAboriginal literatures. Dr. LaRocque has been a leading figure in the growth anddevelopment of Native Studies as a teaching discipline and intellectual field of study. Shedeveloped all the core courses in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba where she has been teaching for 28 years. Her work focuses on the deconstructionof colonial misrepresentation and on the advancement of an Aboriginal-based critical voiceand theory in scholarship and criticism. Her dissertation on Aboriginal resistance literature
Emma Larocque. “Geese Over the City,” “Long Way From Home,” and “My hometown Northern CanadaSouth Africa.” In
James Sinclair and Warren Carriou (Eds.) Winnipeg: Highwater Press,2011: 207-216.

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