Emma LaRocque

Dr. Emma LaRocque is a scholar, author, professor, poet and human rights advocate. She grew up in a Cree-speaking, hunting/trapping M├ętis culture in northeastern Alberta. Overcoming obstacles of marginalization, poverty and childhood blindness, Dr. LaRocque went on to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana in 1973; a Master of Arts in Peace Studies from the Associated Mennonite Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana – for which she received the Rockefeller Fellowship – in 1976; an MA in History in1980 and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies in History/English from the University of Manitoba in 1999. Author of Defeathering The Indian in1975, a study of stereotypes of “Indians” in public schools, Dr. LaRocque has written more than 60 publications, both scholarly and popular, in areas of colonization, Canadian historiography, misrepresentation, racism, identity, violence against women and Aboriginal literatures. Dr. LaRocque has been a leading figure in the growth and development of Native Studies as a teaching discipline and intellectual field of study. She developed all the core courses in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba where she has been teaching for 28 years. Her work focuses on the deconstruction of colonial misrepresentation and on the advancement of an Aboriginal-based critical voice and theory in scholarship and criticism. Her dissertation on Aboriginal resistance literature was nominated for the Distinguished Dissertation Award (1999), University of Manitoba. A role model for Aboriginal scholars and students and a respected poet, Dr. LaRocque is frequently cited in scholarly books, creative and learned journals and prestigious anthologies. She is internationally recognized and has presented academic papers and read her poetry in Australia, England, Hawaii and throughout North America. She has been a guest of CBC Radio and appeared as a consultant in the NFB film “Women in the Shadows”. Dr. Emma LaRocque resides in Winnipeg and remains active as a professor, researcher, writer and human rights advocate in the Aboriginal and wider communities.