Janice Acoose

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Janice Acoose
Born 1954
Broadview, Saskatchewan
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity Sakimay (Saulteaux) First Nation, Ninankawe Marival Metis
Occupation Author, newspaper columnist, filmmaker, indigenous language advocate, professor of indigenous and English
Employer First Nations University of Canada
Parents Paul Acoose, Madelaine O'Soup

Janice Acoose (born 1954) is a Canadian author, newspaper columnist, filmmaker, indigenous language advocate and professor of indigenous and English literature at First Nations University of Canada in Saskatchewan.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Acoose was born in Broadview, Saskatchewan, and attended the Cowessess Indian Residential School in the 1960s. Her cultural roots stem from the Sakimay (Saulteaux) First Nation and the Ninankawe Marival Metis.

Her father's mother was Madelaine O'Soup, adopted daughter of O'Soup, Chief of the Anishnabe at O'Soup Reserve. Her father's father was Paul Acoose, from the nearby Sakimay Reserve.[2] Paul was the son of Samuel Acoose, an esteemed Buffalo Runner, and Samuel was descended from Quewich, who travelled with Waywayseecapo.[3]

Works[edit]

Acoose was Saskatchewan's first Native Affairs columnist for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. She also regularly contributed to the Regina Leader-Post, the Prince Albert Herald, Aboriginal Voices, New Breed and Windspeaker.

In 1995, Toronto's Women's Press published her book Iskwewak Kah Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak.

Acoose is interviewed in the 2006 National Film Board of Canada documentary Finding Dawn, about murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Nations University of Canada
  2. ^ Acoose, Janice. In Memory of my Coochoom, Madelaine O'Soup Acoose, in Canadian Woman Studies (magazine), Winter 1992, Vol 12, no 2. p. 87
  3. ^ Acoose, Janice. In Memory of my Coochoom, Madelaine O'Soup Acoose, in Canadian Woman Studies (magazine), Winter 1992, Vol 12, no 2. p. 88
  4. ^ O'CONNOR, JENNIFER (Winter 2009). "FINDING DAWN". Herizons (Bnet).