From the publisher:
Maria Cambpell's biography is a classic, vital account of a young Métis woman's struggle to come to terms with the joys, sorrows, loves and
tragedies of her northern Saskatchewan childhood.
Maria was a
strong and sensitive child who lived in a community robbed of its pride
and dignity by the dominant culture. At 15 she tried in vain to escape
by marrying a white man, only to find herself trapped in the slums of
Vancouver--addicted to drugs, tempted by suicide, close to death. But
the inspiration of her Cree great-grandmother, Cheechum, gives her
confidence in herself and in her people, confidence she needs to survive
and to thrive.
Half-Breed offers an unparalleled
understanding of the Métis people and of the racism and hatred they
face. Maria Campbell's story cannot be denied and it cannot be
forgotten: it stands as a challenge to all Canadians who believe in
human rights and human dignity.