Louise Halfe (1266 words)

  • Angela Van Essen (University of Alberta)

Louise Bernice Halfe, whose Cree name can be loosely translated into English as Sky Dancer, was born in Two Hills, Alberta, in 1953. She grew up with her family on the Saddle Lake Reserve in Alberta, but because of the enforced Canadian law that required all First Nations children to attend Indian residential schools (IRS), she was taken away at age seven by Indian Affairs agents in order to attend Blue Quills Residential School. This experience, according to Halfe, “destroyed my family” (interview with Ian Ferrier, np). However, unlike many other IRS survivors, she was able to keep her first language (nêhiyawêwin or Plains Cree), and as a young adult she renewed and revitalized her cultural connections that had “gone to s…

Van Essen, Angela. "Louise Halfe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 February 2014
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5350, accessed 21 October 2016.]

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  1. Native American and Canadian Writing