2020 Colloquium

The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies

19th Rupert's Land Colloquium

at The University of Winnipeg, 13-16 May 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.


Important deadlines:

Paper and poster proposals - 18 February, 2020

Display proposals - 6 April, 2020

More information coming soon. 



Unjust Accusations: Indian "Rebels in 1885

The Case for Exonerating One Arrow of Treason-Felony 

Bill Waiser, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan


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

Patricia McCormack, Native Bridges Consulting, Inc.


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