Colloquium Events

The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies

Please Note:  This site will be updated regularly as we plan our upcoming Colloquium.  Please email us at should you have any questions in the meantime.

The 2018 Colloquium will be hosted by the South Peace Regional Archives and takes place on the campus of the Grand Prairie Regional College, 16 - 19 May.

The South Peace Region of Alberta and the City of Grande Prairie share a rich history that predates the contact era.  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 Dane-zaa (Beaver) peoples.  The Dane-zaa began trading with the North West Company in the early 19th century.

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.

Below are some brief highlights of the events we are planning. The information and links will be updated as details as finalized. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU IN GRANDE PRAIRIE IN MAY 2018!

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Wednesday Reception/Registration

The evening reception takes place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm 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 of the reception will be able to visit the Discovery Centre during the evening. There will be light snacks available.  Early registration will be set up for guests. The reception is included in the cost of the Full Colloquium. MORE DETAILS TO COME!

Thursday/Friday Colloquium

The plenary and day sessions will take place at the Grande Prairie Regional College.  This educational facility, situated on the western edge of Muskoseepi Park, was built in 1974.  Designed by renowned Canadian Architect, Douglas Cardinal, this builing is truly a work of art. In recognition of the Aboriginal heritage of the region, there are many monuments and displays, which reflect this rich history from the surrounding communities. The college also features a large collection of art displayed throughout the building. Most of the classrooms in the college feature a profusion of natural light, including the classrooms where the Plenary and sessions will take place.

All sessions will be held on campus at Grande Prairie Regional College beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 4:30 pm. A registration and information table will be set up and will remain until the end of the opening Plenary. The Plenary session begins Thursday at 9:00 am. Display tables and poster presentations will be in Room TBA for the duration of the colloquium.



Single session drop in fees are TBA per session, TBA for students.

*Friday Banquet

A vegetarian option is available. Please contact the centre for more information.
*The cost of the banquet is not included in the registration price.

*Saturday Field Trip:

This year the field trip is to Historic Dunvegan.  MORE DETAILS TO COME

*The cost of this field trip is TBA per person and is not included in the Colloquium Registration fee.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the registration process, or your completed Registration Forms, through the Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies office. Registrations may be sent by regular post and must be accompanied by payment in full in cheque or money order. Please note that while every care will be taken, sometimes postal items do not arrive at their intended destination. The Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies office will inform you when your registration is received. If you do not receive confirmation from the Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies office, please assume your registration has not been received, and contact the office at

Payment must be made in advance by cheque or money order.