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Louise Moine

Louise (Trottier) Moine told her story of attending the Qu’Appelle Residential School as a Métis student in her true account Remebering Will Have To Do. She entered the school speaking Michif and later spoke English and French. She was the first Michif speaker to write a true account of her time in a residential school.

The Gabriel Dumount Institute with the assistance of Louise's daughters, Jacquie Richards and Gloria Tone, published a retrospecitve of Louise's life and published work in Remembering Will Have To Do: The Life and Times Lousie (Trottier) Moine. 

Remembering Will Have To Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

Deftly merging pioneer history with Aboriginal autobiography, Louise Moine wrote about her childhood spent on the ranching frontier of southwest Saskatchewan in the early 1900s and about her time in an Indian residential school in two published books and various articles in the 1970s and early ‘80s. A long-time resident of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, she also wrote candid vignettes of her many family members and friends living in southwest Saskatchewan and northern Montana.

Remembering Will Have to Do: The Life and Times of Louise (Trottier) Moine collects her various writings, including her previously-published books and essays, as well as unpublished stories, photographs, and appendices. Having lived almost 102 years, Louise Moine witnessed the changing Prairie West as Euro-Canadian and European settlers moved in and overwhelmed the region’s Aboriginal residents. Although much of this text was written decades ago, it is still retains its relevance and carries an authenticity of somebody who personally witnessed the rise of southwest Saskatchewan’s ranching culture, the end of the Métis’ nomadic lifestyle, the growth of the dysfunctional Indian residential school system, and the impact of colonization on the region’s Aboriginal peoples.

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