Talking with My Daughter About Archives

Métis Researchers and Genealogy




Indigenous archives, genealogy research, Métis, oral history


In a kitchen table discussion, a Métis genealogist and his Cree-Métis librarian daughter talk about the ways Indigenous people navigate archives, oral history, and research; discuss the inaccuracies that exist in records relating to Indigenous people; and consider the ways that records can supplement oral history about Métis culture.


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Author Biographies

Jessie Loyer, Library, Mount Royal University

Jessie Loyer is an associate professor and librarian at Mount Royal University.

Darrell Loyer, Independent Researcher

Darrell Loyer is a Métis genealogist.


Alberta on Record. n.d. “Fonds glen-824 - Charles Denney Fonds and Métis Genealogy Files.” Accessed July 1, 2020. Archived at:

Carlson, Nellie, Kathleen Steinhauer, and Linda Goyette. 2013. Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and Their Descendants. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Iseke, Judy. 2020. Our Elder Stories. Accessed July 1, 2020. Archived at:

Israel, Robin H., and Jodi Reeves Eyre. 2017. “The 2017 WArS/SAA Salary Survey: Initial Results and Analysis.” Women Archivists Section. Society of American Archivists. Archived at:

Mattes, Cathy, and Sherry Farrell Racette. 2016. “Curating as Kitchen Table Talk.” Curator talk, July 21, 2016, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, MB, 1:05:31. Archived at:

Provincial Archives of Alberta. 2019. “Meet Darrell.” Facebook. October 5, 2019. Archived at:



How to Cite

Loyer, Jessie, and Darrell Loyer. 2021. “Talking With My Daughter About Archives: Métis Researchers and Genealogy”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 5 (1).