Is Canada a metis Nation? Author John Ralston Saul Poses Question at Lakehead U Talk

(March 3, 2009 —Thunder Bay, ON) Canada is a metis Nation, says John Ralston Saul in his new book A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada.  Co-sponsored by the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, and Negahneewin College (Confederation College) Saul visits Lakehead University on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. to share and explore the ideas of his book.  A Fair Country was one of the top non-fiction bestsellers of 2008.

According to Saul, peace, fairness, and good government lie at the heart of Canada’s story.  Saul argues that peacekeeping, multiculturalism, and other distinctly Canadian attributes have an aboriginal inspiration and that embracing these facts will bring Canada into a time of transformation – Canadians will discover a remarkable power to act.  This mindset will be a powerful force if used by decision-makers in contemporary problem-solving.

“It’s crucial that all Canadians cultivate an understanding of our Aboriginal heritage, and the role Aboriginal people played in the development of Canada,” says Beverly Sabourin, Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University.  “Understanding our common history and our respective roles will help guide us into the future, allowing all of us to collaborate in building a "fair country.”

“John Ralston Saul, invites us to continue the Canadian-Aboriginal dialogue begun centuries ago,” says S. Brenda Small, Dean of Negahneewin College. “We welcome the opportunity, and encourage everyone to participate.”

John Ralston Saul is an award-winning essayist and novelist, and has had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. His reinterpretation of the nature of Canada, Reflections of a Siamese Twin, was chosen by Maclean’s as one of the ten best non-fiction books of the twentieth century.  His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

The public is invited to attend Saul’s talk.  There is no charge to attend, and on-campus parking is free.


Media:  John Ralston Saul is available for media interview. For more information please contact Kaija Skalesky at 807-473-3820 or

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Last updated March 03, 2009

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