Understanding Gendered & Racialized Power & Oppression at Red River: Foss Vs Pelly

Maddi B.



This factsheet discusses the social position of Métis and Countryborn before and after the arrival of white women to the Red River Colony. The factsheet uses the case of Foss vs Pelly to demonstrate how white women were active agents of colonization who deployed discourses of sexuality and the racialized 'other' through the tool of rumour to solidify and heighten their own social power in private spheres under patriarchy.