Writing the History of Riel’s People

March 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Moot Courtroom B, Robson Hall 224 Dysart Rd, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series: Jean Teillet, “Writing the History of Riel’s People”


Contact: Bruce Curran

Jean Teillet, a great grand-niece of Louis Riel, is writing a popular history of Riel’s People, the Métis Nation of the North-West.  The book covers a two hundred year period and seeks to tell the history from the perspective of the Metis.  The talk will feature a discussion about Riel family documents not in the public domain and a brief reading of the draft book, which is scheduled to be published in 2019 by Harper Collins.

Jean Teillet, IPC, OMN (B.F.A., LL.B., LL.M.), Counsel (former partner) to the firm of Pape Salter Teillet LLP.  Ms. Teillet’s legal career has focused on Indigenous rights.  She is the chief negotiator for the Stó:l? Xwexwilmexw treaty in BC and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada in eleven aboriginal rights cases. She is widely published and is the author of Métis Law in Canada.  Harper Collins will publish Ms. Teillet’s popular history of the Métis Nation in 2019.  She is an adjunct professor of law at UBC.  She is on the board of Indspire, Save the Children Canada and the Association for Canadian Studies.  The Indigenous Bar Association awarded Ms. Teillet the title of “Indigenous Peoples Counsel”. She has three honorary doctorates: Guelph University (2014), the Law Society of Upper Canada (2015) and University of Windsor (2017). The Métis National Council awarded Jean its highest honour, the “Order of the Metis Nation”. She is appointed to the Interim Board for National Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation advisory committee for the Federation of Law Societies.  In January of 2018 Ms Teillet will be awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross.