Cover image for Rooster Town : the history of an urban Métis community, 1901-1961 / Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner with Lawrie Barkwell.
Title:
Rooster Town : the history of an urban Métis community, 1901-1961 / Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner with Lawrie Barkwell.
ISBN:
9780887558252
Publication Information:
Winnipeg, Manitoba : University of Manitoba Press, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xviii, 225 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
Contents:
Settler colonialism and the dispossession of the Manitoba Métis -- The establishment and consolidation of Rooster Town, 1901-1911 -- Devising new economic and housing strategies : Rooster Town during the First World War and after, 1916-1926 -- Persistence and community : Rooster Town during and after the Great Depression, 1931-1946 -- Stereotyping, dissolution, and dispersal : Rooster Town, 1951-1961.
Abstract:
"A Métis enclave at Winnipeg's edge. Melonville. Smokey Hollow. Bannock Town. Fort Tuyau. Little Chicago. Mud Flats. Pumpville. Tintown. La Coulee. These were some of the names given to Métis communities at the edges of urban areas in Manitoba. Rooster Town, which was on the outskirts of southwest Winnipeg endured from 1901 to 1961. Those years in Winnipeg were characterized by the twin pressures of depression and inflation, chronic housing shortages, and a spotty social support network. At the city's edge, Rooster Town grew without city services as rural Métis arrived to participate in the urban economy and build their own houses while keeping Métis culture and community as a central part of their lives. In other growing settler cities, the Indigenous experience was largely characterized by removal and confinement. But the continuing presence of Métis living and working in the city, and the establishment of Rooster Town itself, made the Winnipeg experience unique. Rooster Town documents the story of a community rooted in kinship, culture, and historical circumstance, whose residents existed unofficially in the cracks of municipal bureaucracy, while navigating the legacy of settler colonialism and the demands of modernity and urbanization."-- Provided by publisher.
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Melonville. Smokey Hollow. Bannock Town. Fort Tuyau. Little Chicago. Mud Flats. Pumpville. Tintown. La Couleeese were some of the names given to Métis communities at the edges of urban areas in Manitoba. Rooster Town, which was on the outskirts of southwest Winnipeg endured from 1901 to 1961.Those years in Winnipeg were characterized by the twin pressures of depression, and inflation, chronic housing shortages, and a spotty social support network. At the city's edge, Rooster Town grew without city services as rural Métis arrived to participate in the urban economy and build their own houses while keeping Métis culture and community as a central part of their lives.In other growing settler cities, the Indigenous experience was largely characterized by removal and confinement. But the continuing presence of Métis living and working in the city, and the establishment of Rooster Town itself, made the Winnipeg experience unique. Rooster Town documents the story of a community rooted in kinship, culture, and historical circumstance, whose residents existed unofficially in the cracks of municipal bureaucracy, while navigating the legacy of settler colonialism and the demands of modernity and urbanization.


Author Notes

EVELYN PETERS is an urban social geographer whose research has focused on First Nations and Métis people in cities. She taught in the University of Winnipeg's Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies, where she held a Canada Research Chair in Inner-City Issues, Community Learning, and Engagement.
MATTHEW STOCK lives in Ottawa, Ontario, where he works as a civil servant. His research interests include social policy and Canadian history.
ADRIAN WERNER is a GIS analyst whose work has included research in urban form and urban history.