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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 this 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.  Please note that the Art Gallery, located in Montrose Centre at #103, 9839-103 Ave., is open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays and would make a wonderful outing for those looking to get out and about.

Wednesday Reception/Registration

This year's reception will be held at Centre 2000 in the Al Robertson room, located at 11330 106 street.  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.  The fee for the full colloquium is $185 and $110 for post secondary students prior to April 13.  Post April 13 the fees are $200 and $125 for post secondary students.  To attend a single day, either the Thursday or Friday, is $100 and $65 for post secondary students.

Thursday/Friday Sessions

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

Friday Banquet  

The banquet will take place at Centre 2000 in the Al Robertson room, located at 11330 106 street. Built in 2000, this beautiful facility located on the northern edge of Muskoseepi Park features spectacular views from the reception room. 

The fee for the dinner is $65 and $45 for post secondary students. The cost of the banquet is not included in the Colloquium registration fee.

The banquet will be served buffet style with delegates choosing between Rosemary Roast Beef, Pan Roasted Chicken Breast and Marinated Grilled Tofu.  Gluten free diets, other food allergies and vegan diets can be accommodated if we know 3 days in advance.

Side dishes include the following:

Assorted fresh baked roll and bread

Classic Caesar Salad

Spinach Salad with pomegranates, pears and cinnamon cream dressing GF/V

Garden Beans with pomegranate butter GF/V

Roasted vegetable medley with pesto GF/V

Roasted potatoes with fresh herbs served with sour cream GF/V

Rich beef gravy GF

Pickles, horseradish and olives GF/V

Mocha chocolate cake with fresh fruit and lightly whipped cream

Saturday Field Trip

This year the field trip will be an all day excursion to Historic Dunvegan and Peace River by bus.  There may be additional stops along the way time permitting.  We are pleased to report that David Leonard, historian, retired archivist and recipient of The Alberta Order of Excellence, will be our tour guide en route.

The fee for the field trip is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch. 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.)