Emily Murphy and Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada

“On the Road to Extinction”


  • Sarah Carter University of Alberta


Emily Murphy, Western Canada, right to vote, settler colonialism, women


Author Emily (Ferguson) Murphy wrote under the pen name “Janey Canuck” and she was a well-published author and journalist before she moved to Edmonton in 1907. It was here that she became most active in her work for the cause of settler women’s legal and political rights. Emily Murphy’s hopes for the West rested on the achievement of votes and personhood for settler women and the triumph of settler colonialism.


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Author Biography

Sarah Carter, University of Alberta

Sarah Carter FRSC is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History, Classics and Religious Studies, and Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. From Saskatoon, she received her B.A. Hon. and M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. She taught at the University of Calgary from 1992 to 2006. Her research focuses on the history of settler colonialism in Canada and in comparative colonial and borderlands perspectives. Her 2016 book Imperial Plots won several awards including the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research. Her most recent book is Ours By Every Law of Right and Justice: Women and the Vote in the Prairie Provinces (2020). In 2020 she was awarded the Killam Prize in the Humanities.




How to Cite

Carter, S. (2023). Emily Murphy and Indigenous Peoples of Western Canada: “On the Road to Extinction”. At The Forks, 1(1). Retrieved from https://ojs.lib.umanitoba.ca/index.php/forks/article/view/920