The making of Joseph Boyden

“All the while, rumours had percolated within the Indigenous intelligentsia about the handsome, light-skinned media darling who told folkloric-sounding stories about his background and filled up so many column inches and so much airtime. Who was he, they wondered – and just as important, who did he think he was? Boyden’s sworn affidavit in response to Wayne Izumi’s lawsuit seems at first glance to provide the roadmap toward an answer. It contains something unfamiliar in Boyden’s litany of autobiographical writing: a specific claim of belonging to an Indigenous community, expressed in formal, legalistic terms. ‘I am Metis,’ he attests. ‘A true copy of my status card is attached.'”

Eric Andrew-Gee – The Globe and Mail – August 2017


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