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The Indian, the Métis and the fur trade: Class, sexism and racism in the transition from “communism” to capitalism

Document type Article
Author Bourgeault, Ron G.
Journal Studies in Political Economy
Volume 12
Date 1983
Pages 45-80
URL https://teachingcommons.lakeheadu.ca/sites/default/files/inline-files/bourgeault_%20indian%20metis%20fur%20trade%201983.pdf

Abstract

The object of this paper is to argue that the fur trade of the Hudson Bay basin, in what is now northern Canada, initially transformed Indian labour into that of a peasantry caught in the feudal relations of production. The paper will also show the nature of Indian women's subjugation, a subjugation taken to establish the fur trade. Class, racial and sexist divisions came to be imposed upon the Indigenous Indian population through colonial relations based upon a particular of exploitation.