Ervin Chartrand, Selkirk, Métis/Salteaux
“They said I fit the description because I looked like six other kids with leather vests and long hair who looked Indian.”
From: How We Go Home
Ervin Chartrand, of Selkirk, Manitoba is of Métis/Salteaux descent. He describes his childhood characterized by a lack of belonging, and joining a street gang at the age of fourteen. He reflects on the intersection between Indigenous peoples on the Canadian Prairies and the criminal justice system, as well as the impact of residential schools.
Sara Sinclair is an oral historian, writer, and educator of Cree-Ojibwe and mixed settler descent. Sara teaches in the Oral History Masters Program at Columbia University. She has contributed to the Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive, Obama Presidency Oral History, and Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. She has conducted oral histories for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and the International Labor Organization, among others. Sara is co-editor of Robert Rauschenberg: An Oral History, published with Columbia University Press in 2019.