Preview: Early Canadian History at Congress 2016, Part 2

Denis McKim

The annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association will take place next week, in Calgary, from May 30th to June 1st as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Drawn from the preliminary program available on the CHA’s website, the following is a preview of panels with content that may be of interest to historians of early Canada. It is designed to complement the preview prepared earlier this week by Keith Grant, in which he compiled information  on some of the specialized scholarly societies that will be gathering for Congress with panels that explore aspects of Northern North America before the twentieth century.

Let us know in the comments section below if we’ve omitted either individual papers or entire panels relevant to early Canada, or if this preview contains incorrect information. And, lastly, be sure to consult the CHA program for room numbers, and to verify the preview’s accuracy. Enjoy!


Monday, May 30th 2016

8:30 – 10:00am
6. Interpreting Treaties: New Approaches using Oral Histories and Biographies

Chair: Nicole St. Onge (University of Ottawa)

Isabelle Bouchard (Université du Québec à Montréal): Le pluralisme juridique des terres autochtones de la vallée du Saint-Laurent

Neil Vallance (University of Victoria): Changing Stories: Recovering the Oral Terms of the Fort Victoria Treaties

Daniel Palmer (University of Saskatchewan): Wappemassawa, the Western Confederacy and Relations with the McKee Treaty of 1790

8:30 – 10:00
8. Voluntary and Professional Regulation of Finances and Medical Practice

Chair: Bettina Liverant

Jeffrey L. McNairn (Queen’s University): Liberty Incorporated: Associating for Public Goods and Local Government in Upper Canada

Jonathan McQuarrie (University of Toronto): The Banker, the Farmer, and the Mine: The Failure of the Farmers’ Bank of Canada, 1909-1913

Blake Brown (Saint Mary’s University): “As a rule, it is not advisable to bring an action against a physician”: Repressing Medical Malpractice Litigation in early-twentieth-century Canada

8:30 – 10:00
9. Canadian History Blogging: A Conversation Between Editors

Chair: Sean Kheraj (York University)


Tina Adcock (The Otter~La Loutre)
Keith Grant (Borealia)
Stacy Nation-Knapper (Findings|Trouvailles)
Beth Robertson (Active History)
Corey Slumkoski (Acadiensis’ blog)

Sponsored by Active History and the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE)
* See our preview of this roundtable here.

1:00 – 2:30
23. Changing Stories from the Canadian Liberal Frontier

Chair: Elsbeth Heaman (University of McGill)

Ian McKay (McMaster University): D.C. Harvey and the Celebration of the Pioneer Democrats of the Maritimes, 1930s – 1950s

Allison Ward (Queen’s University): Excavating “The Storied Past”: Creating and Utilizing the Myth of the Humble Pioneer and the Courageous Loyalist in Canadian Local Histories

Eric W. Sager (University of Victoria): Egalitarianism and Inequality in Canada: the 1830s

1:00 – 2:30
27. Stories of Self: Creating and Representing Indigenous and Settler Identities in Colonial Canada

Chair: Jean Barman (University of British Columbia)

Krista Barclay (University of Manitoba): “A special type of background”: Representations of Hudson’s Bay Company Families in the Nineteenth Century British World

Sean Carlton (Trent University): “The children show unmistakable signs of Indian blood”: Indigeneity, Public Schooling, and Settler Colonialism, 1849-1925

Erin Millions (University of Manitoba): “Lord Knows we are Ingines Enough”: Exploring the Intersections of “Respectability,” Identity and Colonialism in the Education of Metis and Fur Trade Children, 1840s-1870s

Gillian I. Leitch (CDCI Research): Re-imagining and Re-creating Identity through Immigration: An English family in Victoria

1:00 – 2:30
29. Storied Landscapes: Indigenous Land Use, GIS, and Historical Inquiry

Chair: Shannon Stunden Bower (University of Alberta)

Liam Haggarty (Mount Royal University): History and Tradition: Mapping Metis Land Use in Northwest Saskatchewan

Stephanie Danyluk (Whitecap Dakota First Nation): Kinship Unbound: A Gendered Analysis of Traditional Land Use Studies

Janelle Marie Baker (McGill University): Where is the Story in a Traditional Land Use Assessment?

Matthew Todd (University of Saskatchewan): Re-Mapping the Indigenous Nations

2:45 – 4:15
31. Using Cartography, Biography, and Oral History to Reinterpret Stories

Ted Binnema (University of Northern British Columbia): Stories in Maps: Aboriginal Maps and European Cartographers, 1500-1900

David B. Marshall (University of Calgary): The Image of Natives in “Ralph Connor” Novels

Jeff A. Webb (Memorial University): Oral History and the Story of the Beothuk: Revisiting the Historiographic Contribution of James P. Howley

2:45 – 4:15
34. Recovering Stories of Individuals, Families, and Communities

Chair : TBD

Mélanie Méthot (University of Alberta): The Unexplored Story of the Second Female Police Magistrate in the British Empire: Alice Jane Jamieson and the Calgary Women’s Court

Ted McCoy (University of Calgary): Emily Boyle’s Maternal Ideal

Ryan Eyford (University of Winnipeg): Beyond the Grave: Resurrecting the Story of a Storied Indigenous Family


Tuesday, May 31st 2016

10:15 – 11: 45
53. Cultural and Economic Exchange in Missions, Tourism, and the Fur Trade

Chair: Karen Routledge (Parks Canada)

David R.M. Beck (University of Montana), Indigenous Labor at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The Story of the Inuit of Labrador

Dylan Burrows (University of British Columbia), “Our Admirable Esquimaux Protégé”: the Making of Erasmus Augustine Kallihirua, Inughuit Missionary, in the “Red Atlantic,” 1849-56

Kurt Korneski (Memorial University): The Hudson’s Bay Company and Social Categorization in Southeastern Labrador, 1830-1845

Michael C. Bumsted (Archives of Manitoba): The Un(der)told Story of the Fur Trade

10:15 – 11: 45
56. Liberty, Sex, and Marriage

Chair: Jeffrey McNairn (Queen’s University)

Jarett Henderson (Mount Royal University): “What Can Mr. Markland be doing with theDrummer?”: Same-Sex Sex, Responsible Government, and the Limits of Manly Independence

Bradley Miller (University of British Columbia): Modernizing Marriage?: Authority, Sexuality, and the Deceased Wife’s Sister Debate in the Late Victorian British Empire

Gregory Wigmore (Santa Clara University): Simcoe, Slavery, and Upper Canadian Memory

10:15 – 11: 45
58. People of the Book: The Use of Print Culture by Religious Communities

Chair: Stuart Barnard (University of Calgary)

Keith S. Grant (University of New Brunswick): Textual affections: The Religious Uses of Sympathetic Reading in British North America

Yogitha Shetty (University of Hyderabad): History and Subaltern Politics: Counter-cultural Dynamics of Print in Koti-Chennaya Tradition in “Tulunadu”

Bonnie Woelk (University of Calgary): The Great War and Canadian Mainline Protestant Hymnody

Joint Session between the Bibliographical Society of Canada and Canadian Historical Association

1:15 – 2:45
67. Disputed Truths, Competing Myths: Revisiting the Battle of Seven Oaks After Two Hundred Years

Chair: TBD

Nicole St.-Onge (University of Ottawa): Cuthbert Grant and the Métis of Seven Oaks: An Army of Kin

Heather Devine (University of Calgary): Seven Oaks Revisited: The York Trial of 1818 from a Vernacular Point of View

Myrna Kostash (Independent Scholar & Author): The Reluctant Historian at the Battle of Seven Oaks

1:15 – 2:45
74. Writing Stories, Stories about Writing: Indigenous Peoples and Alphabetic Literacies at the turn of the Nineteenth Century

Chair: Donald Smith (University of Calgary)

Thomas Peace (Huron University College): Re-evaluating Alphabetic Literacies in the Late-Eighteenth Century St. Lawrence Valley

Alan Corbiere (Lakeview School, M’Chigeeng First Nation): Deploying Anishinaabeg Literacies in the Early Nineteenth Century

Susan Glover (Laurentian University): Making an Impression: Reader Reception in Rupert’s Land


Wednesday, June 1st 2016

8:30 – 10:00
82. Transnational and Transcultural Stories in Colonial North America

Chair: Heather Devine (University of Calgary)

Robert Englebert (University of Saskatchewan): The Middle Mississippi Valley: A Real and Imagined Border at the Edge of Empire

Guillaume Teasdale (University of Windsor): Crossing Upper Canada into Michigan: French-Canadian Migrations to American Detroit

Carolyn Podruchny (York University): The Long Journey of the Turtle Who Wanted to Fly: Oral Motifs, Cultural Exchange, and Stories Crossing Borders in the Fur Trade

Victoria Jackson (York University): Stories of Success and Failure in the Jesuit Seminary: Wendat Boys’ Adoption Narratives, 1636 – 1639

10:15 – 11:45
93. Roundtable on Jean Barman’s French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest, winner of the 2015 John A. Macdonald Prize from the Canadian Historical Association

Chair: Carolyn Podruchny (York University)


Stacy Nation-Knapper, York University
Heather Devine, University of Calgary
Yves Frenette, Université de Saint-Boniface
Bruce Watson, Vancouver Community College

Comment: Jean Barman (University of British Columbia)

Sponsored by the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association

10:15 – 11:45
96. Roundtable: Confederation in Canadian History

Chair: Bradley Miller (University of British Columbia)


Elsbeth Heaman (McGill Univeristy)
Raymond Blake (University of Regina)
Matthew Hayday (University of Guelph)
Penny Bryden (University of Victoria)
Donald Wright (University of New Brunswick)
James Muir (University of Alberta)

Sponsored by the Political History Group

12:45 – 2:15
112. New Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Quebec: Telling Stories of Culture and Politics

Chair: J. I. Little (Simon Fraser University)


Nancy Christie (Western University)
Michael Gauvreau (McMaster University)
Ollivier Hubert (Université de Montréal)
Catherine Larochelle (Université de Montréal)
Maxime Raymond-Dufour (Université de Montréal)


Denis McKim teaches Canadian and American history at Douglas College, BC. His research explores the intellectual, political, and religious history of British North America. He is also a founding co-editor, with Keith Grant, of Borealia.

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