Finding a Way to the Heart

Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada

Robin Jarvis Brownlie (Editor), Valerie J. Korinek (Editor)

When Sylvia Van Kirk published her groundbreaking book, Many Tender Ties, in 1980, she revolutionized the historical understanding of the North American fur trade and introduced entirely new areas of inquiry in women’s, social, and Aboriginal history. Using Van Kirk’s themes and methodologies as a jumping-off point, Finding a Way to the Heart examines race, gender, identity, and colonization from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and illustrates Van Kirk’s extensive influence on a generation of feminist scholarship.


“An essential piece of work and a must-have book for every scholar, historian, educator and student of Aboriginal culture and contributions.”

– Ennis Morris, Alberta Native News

“An extremely valuable resource for teachers of Aboriginal and women’s history in Canada and abroad. […] This collection of essays will also be an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate students seeking an enlarged understanding of the field, from its development to an overview of its major thinkers and texts to its current state of affairs and possible future directions.”

– Jenna Hunnef, University of Toronto, Studies in American Indian Literatures

“All of these essays are seminal works that have been deftly edited by the collaborative effort of academicians Robin Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie J. Korinek. The result is an informed and informative body of work that is a valued contribution to, and highly recommended for, academic library Canadian History, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.”

The Midwest Book Review

“A scholarly book that examines race, gender, identity and colonization from the early 19th century to the late 20th century and illustrates renowned Canadian scholar Sylvia Van Kirk’s extensive influence on a generation of feminist scholarship and women’s history.”

Christine McFarlane, Windspeaker

About the Authors

Robin Jarvis Brownlie is an associate professor in the Department of History at University of Manitoba and author of A Fatherly Eye: Indian Agents, Government Power, and Aboriginal Resistance in Ontario, 1918–1939.

Valerie J. Korinek is a professor in the Department of History at University of Saskatchewan, and is the author of Roughing It in Suburbia: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties.

Other contributors: Jennifer S.H. Brown, Franca Iacovetta, Valerie J. Korinek, Elizabeth Jameson, Adele Perry, Angela Wanhalla, Robert Alexander Innes, Patricia A. McCormack, Robin Jarvis Brownlie, Victoria Freeman, Kathryn McPherson, Katrina Srigley

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