Power, Praxis and the Métis of Kelly Lake, Canada

David Bentley, Brock University
Brenda Murphy, Wilfrid Laurier University

This article was originally published in The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 26(2): 289-312. © 2006 Brandon University


Although agency and power in Aboriginal communities is often not recognized, this paper develops a conceptual framework within which both the oppression and the agency of a Métis settlement is identified and assessed. It is based on ongoing participatory action research, completed by the first author, who is also Métis. Kelly Lake, British Columbia is currently faced with a number of challenges, such as the lack of a proper sanitary sewage system, little access to natural resources and few health services. Despite these circumstances, the residents of Kelly Lake have undertaken several initiatives to ameliorate the problems and reorient the embedded power relationships.