Lawrence Barkwell is an Honourary Life Member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. In 2004, he retired after 41 years with Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Justice and the Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat.…
Lawrence Barkwell is an Honourary Life Member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. In 2004, he retired after 41 years with Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Justice and the Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat. He then worked for MMF as Senior Policy Analyst in the Tripartite Self-Government Negotiations Department then as the founding Director of the Metis Justice Institute. He retired from this position in December 2006. He is semi-retired and currently volunteers as the Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research for the Louis Riel Institute.
Lawrie has a BA (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg and an MA in clinical psychology from Lakehead University. Lawrie received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal on September 29, 2012. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry.
Lawrie has edited or co-edited twenty-one books, provided chapters for several textbooks and contributed articles to a variety of journals. His Métis specific titles are The Struggle for Recognition: Canadian Justice and the Métis Nation (with Sam Corrigan), Past Reflects the Present: The Métis Elders’ Conference (with Fred Shore), La Lawng: Michif Peekishkwewin, The Heritage Language of the Canadian Metis (with Norman Fleury and others), Batoche 1885: The Militia of the Metis Liberation Movement, and Metis Legacy: A Metis Historiography and Annotated Bibliography (with Leah Dorion and Darren Préfontaine). In December of 2002, this last book won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education. Over the last 25 years, Lawrie has taught at Brandon University (Winnipeg Centre Project), the Louis Riel Institute and Red River College. The second Metis Legacy book, launched on March 24, 2007 is Metis Legacy, Volume Two: Michif Heritage, Culture and Folkways, written and compiled with Audreen Hourie and Leah Dorion. This book was shortlisted in 2008 for the Margaret McWilliams Award for Writing in History. His most recent books are The Battle of Seven Oaks: A Metis Perspective, Veterans and Families of the 1885 Northwest Resistance, Women of the Metis Nation and Metis Soldiers of the War of 1812. He was a historical consultant for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s Shaping Canada (2011) the new Manitoba Education grade 11 history text.
Over the last few years Lawrie has been teaching Metis decorative arts to Metis youth and adults. He runs beading workshops for his Local, the St. Norbert Parish – La Barrière Metis Council and the Louis Riel Institute. He currently leads a beading group making moccasin vamps for the Walking With Our Sisters installation art project.