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Catherine Littlejohn King
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1941-2021 (inclusive); 1960-2021 (predominant) (Creation)
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2.71 m of textual material; 19 colour photographs.
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Catherine King (nee Littlejohn) was born in Sherbrooke, Québec on November 13, 1947, and raised in Reaboro then Lindsay, Ontario. Cathy attended Western University earning her undergraduate degree and continued her studies as a grad student at the University of Saskatchewan receiving her Master of Education in 1975 and earning her PhD from the University of Calgary in 1983. In her professional life, Cathy was a teacher, writer, and historian. As a teacher, Cathy was proud to be part of the Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP) and the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) and enjoyed seeing the successes of her students. As a writer, Cathy co-authored, The History of the Métis of Willow Bunch (2003), with her dear friend Ron Rivard. In 2004, the book won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education. Cathy's final manuscript entitled The Métis History of Saskatchewan, also co-authored with Rivard, will be published posthumously. An avid historian, Cathy spent more than a decade researching and identifying Métis Veterans and, working with the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), combined her research with their family anecdotes in the development of a database to share their stories. Cathy's passion led her to chronicle her journey overseas through the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the Netherlands following the path of many Métis soldiers who served in World War II. Cathy's fervent efforts to share the contributions and sacrifices of Métis Veterans who served in both World Wars and the Korean War culminated in her book, The Métis Soldiers of Saskatchewan: 1914-1953 (2012), for which GDI received nominations for Saskatchewan Book Awards, in 2014, for Book of the Year and Aboriginal Peoples' Publishing Award. She passed away in January 2023. (source: https://thestarphoenix.remembering.ca/obituary/catherine-king-1086927830)
Donated by Cecil King and Catherine Littlejohn King in two accruals in 2021 and 2022. This material came in at the same time and in the same boxes as the Cecil King (MG 548) materials. Best efforts to separate the Cecil King material and the Catherine Littlejohn King material was made, but researchers should note the connection between the two fonds and see also MG 548 (Cecil King fonds). Particular cross over occurs in Series VIII Personal, as they shared an email address. Others series with similarities are Indigenous Education and Indigenous Issues.
Scope and content
This fonds contains the research materials gathered by Catherine Littlejohn King as a part of her career as a historian and writer of Metis history, in particular of Saskatchewan and Metis soldiers. It mainly contains drafts of her writing, copies of articles and other secondary sources, interviews, and biographies. There is also material on general indigenous history and issues, as well as indigenous education and some general material related to Canadian history.
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I. Metis Issues and History (Alphabetized)
II. Indigenous issues
III. Indigenous Soldiers/Veterans and War
Contains some interviews, when labeled specifically as vet or solider.
IV. Interviews/Biographies (Indigenous)
May contain interviews of vets or soldiers, but if not labeled specifically as such they have been placed here.
V. Indigenous Education
VII. Publishing/Drafts (separate or a part of their topic?)
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