Symbolism and Expression Additional Reading
First Nations and Métis authors write from a distinctly different perspective. After suffering generations of cultural disruption, many write to reclaim their cultural heritage and the right to tell their own stories in their own way.
Métis writer Maria Campbell is one such writer. In 1973, she published the book Halfbreed, which chronicled her life as a Métis Woman in Canada. This work was significant because it was the first book that honestly depicted the reality of being Métis. It also inspired many other Aboriginal people to tell their own stories. Autobiography remains an important genre in Aboriginal literature.