2020 Colloquium

The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 Rupert's Land Colloquium has been postponed.

The 2020 Rupert's Land Colloquium will not take place on May 13-16 2020 as originally planned due to Covid-19. We will follow the direction of the University of Winnipeg and Manitoba Health Officilas regarding events and social gatherings. We are in contact with the presenters to find an alternative date in the fall of 2020. The website will be updated as more information on the Colloquium becomes available. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions, the staff are working from home and do not have access to the Rupert's Land phone. 


19th Rupert's Land Colloquium

at The University of Winnipeg, 14-17 October 2020

The Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies hosts biennial colloquia, which offer the opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics and methodologies that encourage interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to the practice of Indigenous and fur trade history. These colloquia provide a welcoming combination of intellectual and practical avenues for exploring all the potential histories of this large region.

The 2020 Colloquium takes place on the campus of the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Located on Treaty One land, and homeland of the Metis Nation, the city is also home to a number of excellent museums related to Rupert's Land and the fur trade era, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Manitoba Museum, Seven Oaks House Museum, Ross House Museum, and St. Boniface Museum. The Hudson's Bay Company Archives are also located in Winnipeg, within walking distance of the University of Winnipeg. 

We welcome any submissions related to the history of the vast region of land once known as Rupert’s Land, including but not limited to the history of Indigenous Peoples, the history of the fur trade, legal histories, treaty history, science and geography, anthropology and material history. As well, the Centre is accepting submissions for posters and displays. Participants are invited to use any means of presentation – audio, video, paper, poster, and display – to present their topics.


Friday Banquet

The Friday banquet will take place at the University of Winnipeg’s Leatherdale Hall, beginning at 6:30 pm. Kale salad with roasted beets, roasted red pepper, pumpkin seeds & maple Dijon vinaigrette will start the meal, followed by Roasted carrot & ginger soup with citrus crème fraiche. The main course is a choice between pickerel baked with lemon beurre blanc or 8oz New York Striploin with red wine and mushroom ragout or zucchini & onion quinoa cakes with roasted tomato sauce (vegetarian), all served with seasonal roasted vegetables and baby roasted potatoes. Dessert features a broken cheesecake with graham crumbs & fruit compote.** The cost of the banquet is $75; students can dine for $65.

*The cost of the banquet is not included in the Colloquium registration fees.

**The vegetarian option will be available at $65, $55 for students.


Saturday Field Trip

This year, the Saturday field trip will take us to Lower Fort Garry for a “behind the scenes tour,” and a material culture demonstration and workshop. More information on the workshops coming soon. A sandwich lunch will be provided by Diversity Food Services. Transportation will be available. The field trip should be completed by 4:30 pm. The cost of the field trip is $50.

*The cost of this field trip is not included in the Colloquium Registration fee and subject to minimum registration.


Registration Now Open

Please click here for the 2020 Colloquium registration forms. 


Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Holiday Inn and Suites Winnipeg - Downtown, located only 5 minutes away from the University of Winnipeg. Both single and double occupancy rooms are available at an average rate of $119.99 per night. To book a room, contact the Holiday Inn at 204-786-7011 and mention the Rupert's Land Colloquium. 

Rooms must be booked before April 21st, 2020 to receive the conference rate. 

For more information on the hotel's amenities and location, please visit the Holiday Inn and Suites Winnipeg Downtown website.


Important deadlines:

Paper and poster proposals - Deadline extended- March 10, 2020

Display proposals - 6 April, 2020

Early Registration - 10 April, 2020

More information coming soon. 


Tentative Sessions

Unjust Accusations: Indian "Rebels in 1885

The Case for Exonerating One Arrow of Treason-Felony 

Bill Waiser


The Lac La Biche and Beaver Lake Crees and the Looting of the Hudson's Bay Company Post in 1885

Patricia McCormack


La Verendrye 

Auchagah, La Verendrye, and John Mitchell

David Malaher


Jean-Pierre Aulneau: His Life, Death, and the Discovery of his Letters 

David Fuller


La Verendrye Archival material at the Société historique de Saint-Boniface 

Gilles Lesage


Nationalism as a Colonial Process 

The Versailles Kinscape of Saint-Norbert: Strategic Social and Economic choices in Red River, 1821–1890

Nicole St. Onge


Formality and Informality on Fenchurch Street: A Cultural History of Hudson's Bay House, c.1795-1830

Tolly Bradford


Two Routes to Decolonization: State Recognition and Self Recognition

David Dinwoodie

Empire and Colonial Change 

“my throw entirely:” Lady Selkirk and her Role in the Colonization of Red River

Anne Lindsay


The Fur-Trade and Unfreedom in the Age of Abolition

Adele Perry


Fur-Trading Careers

Filling in the Gaps: New Insights into the Career of Simon McTavish

Harry Duckworth


George Nelson across Two Centuries: A Fur Trader Who Found a Middle Ground

Jennifer Brown



Lapérouse in Hudson Bay: The Missing Puzzle Piece

Virginia Barter


Lapérouse in Alaska: Tlingit Encounters

Jackie Schoppert


Material Culture and Archery

Nakoda/Assiniboine Archery

Roland Bohr


Experimental Archaeology Beyond the Theoretical: Making Archery Tools at the University of Winnipeg

Stephanie Skelton


Art-I-Fact: Indigenous Obsidian Artifacts from Oregon and Idaho

Grayson Gerrard


See links below for forms and more information. (Updated forms will be added as they are completed.)