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Colloquium 2018

The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies


18th Rupert's Land Colloquium

at Grande Prairie Regional College, 16-19 May 2018

The 18th Biennial Rupert's Land Colloquium takes place next spring on the campus of the Grande Prairie Regional College.

Grande Prairie was named for the large prairie north, east, and west of it. It is known that in the 18th century, the prairie was occupied by bands of the Dane-zaa (Beaver) peoples. The Dane-zaa began trading with the North West Company at Dunvegan in the early 19th century. In 1880, George Kennedy established a Hudson's Bay Company post called La Grande Prairie 24 km northwest of the present city. In the late 19th century, the prairie was settled by Cree and Iroquois from around Jasper and Lac Ste. Anne. Settlement boomed in the region during the early 20th century and again after the end of WWI and WWII when many returning soldiers received land grants. By 1919, the small town of Grande Prairie already boasted three major banks, a hotel, a post office and lands office and was the terminus for the Edmonton, Dunvegan, and British Columbia Railway. It received its city charter in 1958.

The City boasts a new Art Gallery, the Grande Prairie Live Theatre, several museums, shopping and the beautiful Muskoseepi Park at its heart. Bear Creek runs through the park making the walkway that runs north and south through a lightly wooden green zone, a zen-like experience that is not to be missed. All the venues for the colloquium take place in the park and are all a short walking distance from each other.

Wednesday Reception/Registration

This year's reception will be held at Centre 2000 located at 11330 106 street. The evening reception takes place at Grande Prairie’s Centre 2000. Built in 2000, this beautiful facility located on the northern edge of Muskoseepi Park features spectacular views from the reception room. The facility also includes the Heritage Discovery Centre. Guests to the reception will be able to visit the Discovery Centre during the evening.

Early registration will be set up for guests. The reception will take place between 5:30 and 7:30 pm on the 16th. The reception is included in the full cost of the colloquium.

Thursday/Friday Sessions

Sessions will be held in the Grande Prairie Regional College. A registration and information table will be set up.  Location and time TBA. Morning coffee and tea will be available. The Plenary session begins at 9:00 am in room TBA. Display tables and the poster presentations will be in room TBA for the duration of the colloquium. More details regarding session topics and display tables will be provided in the upcoming months.  Program TBA.

Friday Banquet  

Details TBA.

The fee for the dinner is TBA with a special rate of TBA for students. The cost of the banquet is not included in the Colloquium registration fee.

Saturday Field Trip

This year, the field trip will be to Historic Dunvegan.  Fee TBA. 

The cost of the Field Trip is not included in the Colloquium registration fee.


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