October 22, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Poems by Gregory Scofield

Discover the subtlety of emotions in Gregory Scofield’s poetry, a Métis poet, author, professor, and activist.

The Sewing Circle
by Gregory Scofield

This poem is taken from the book Louis: The Heretic Poems (Nightwood Editions, 2011).
It is reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher and the author.

Monsieur Riel,
I am most anxious to avoid killing women and children and have done my best to avoid doing so. Put your women and children in one place and let me know where it is and no shot shall be fired on them. I trust your honour not to put men with them.

– Fred Middleton, Com’ N.W. Field Force (May 11, 1885, the third day of the resistance at Batoche)

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Gabriel’s Letter
by Gregory Scofield

This poem is taken from the book Louis: The Heretic Poems (Nightwood Editions, 2011).
It is reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher and the author.

The good Lord did not want me to see my poor Riel again. I wanted to tell him not to give himself up, but he might very easily have converted me to his point of view.
– Gabriel Dumont

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