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Anne Carrière Acco. (b.

1940)

Anne Acco is many things — a Métis woman, a traveller, a mother and wife, a
researcher, a social worker, an environmentalist, a singer, a performance artist,
and, at her very core, a storyteller. She is moved to tell stories.1

Metis author, poet, oral historian and educator Anne Acco, is from Cumberland
House, Saskatchewan. Anne was born on September 2, 1940, the daughter of Agnes
Nora McKenzie and Pierre Carrière. Her father was a hunter, fisher and worked in natural
resources. He was also a World War II veteran. His parents were Agnes Morin and Lionel
Carrière (from Grand Rapids). Her mother’s parents were Dougal McKenzie, whose
mother was from Oxford House, and Virginia Jourdin from Isle à la Crosse.

Anne has four sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren. Her best-known work
is Ekosi, published in 1989. Her poem “Elizabeth” appeared in Canadian Woman
Studies / Les cahiers de la femme. "Elizabeth." Canadian Woman Studies Vol.10, 2&3
(Summer/Fall 1989): 74. She was a contributor to Hartmut Lutz’s, book, Contemporary
Challenges: Conversations with Canadian Native Authors (Saskatoon: Fifth House
Publishers, 1991), Hartmut Lutz (Ed.) Four Feathers: Poems and Stories by Canadian
Native Authors (Osnabrück, Germany: VC Velags-Cooperative, 1992. Anne edited a
Native writers anthology, Voices from Home (Ottawa: Agawa Press, 1994).

In addition to the listings above she has contributed work to Open Set: A TREE
Anthology (Heather Ferguson [Editor]: Hull: Agawa Press, 1990) and Symbiosis: An
Intercultural Anthology of Poetry (Luciano Díaz [Editor]: Ottawa: Girol Books, 1992). In
2001, she wrote “Ki-naan'how, Ki-ghis-skan, ni-t'hamhowin eko Ki-t'haski-nhow: Ni-
naan Muskay-ghun Ininiwok eko Apti-ghosan Ininiwok, Cumberland Waski-ghun ochi”
(“Traditional Knowledge and the Land: The Cumberland House Métis and Cree People”),
a chapter on traditional women’s knowledge for Metis Legacy: A Metis Historiography
and Annotated Bibliography (Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications Inc.). This book won the
Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education.

Anne was a consulting elder for Metis Legacy, Volume II: Michif Culture, Heritage
and Folklore (Saskatoon: Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007). She co-authored three
chapters and provided poetry and prose for this book. Metis Legacy II was short-listed for
the Margaret McWilliams Award for writing in history.

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Karen Green, “Looking Back: Storyteller Draws on Memory.” Prairie Books, No. 52, Spring, 2010: 15.

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Leah Dorion and Anne Acco at Prince Albert,
Saskatchewan (circa. 2005). Photo by Roberta Dorion

Anne Acco and Nicki Garwood provided Chapter 12, “Walk a Mile in Social Work
Shoes: The One on the Right Is a Moccasin and the Left Is a Sensible Flat: Aboriginal
Crosscultural Social Work Education” for Walking in a Good Way: Aboriginal Social
Work Education, Ingrid Thompson Cooper and Gail Stacey Moore (Eds.) Toronto:
Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2009.

Anne Acco completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Ottawa at age 54.
Anne has also served on the Interprovincial, Manitoba-Saskatchewan Sturgeon
Management Board. Anne previously worked for Muskeg Media in Montreal and was a
consultant for the APTN program on the Cree language. She has also worked as an editor
and cultural advisor for Pemmican Publications Inc. She was a sessional lecturer for the
Social Work Program at McGill University. She has attended Louis Riel Institute in
Winnipeg and the First Nations University (Saskatoon) as an invited guest lecturer on
Metis culture. Her latest book; Ekosi: A Métisse Retrospective of Poetry and Prose has
just been released by Gabriel Dumont Institute (Saskatoon).

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell

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Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research
Louis Riel Institute