Romance of the Far Fur Country: Reconciliation?


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Over the past few months, we have really explored and researched the HBC, as it this corporation seems to be pretty significant in the development of Canada, for better or for worse.

Prior to the break, we watched Kevin Nikkel‘s Romance of the Far Fur Country, an HBC film from 1919, which demonstrated the impact of the HBC from a certain perspective. To refresh ourselves, here is a small clip:

Today, we are going to watch On the Trail of the Far Fur Country, a documentary featuring Kevin taking the film to the different communities originally visited in 1919. As we watch it, can you identify any themes of reconciliation? Despite the negative impact of the HBC in some communities, does this documentary offer a glimmer of hope in terms of repairing the relationship between indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada? Why or why not?

Please respond below and please use your Extraordinary Canadians name when you comment.

Reflections on Lower Fort Garry

IMG_1359Each year, we take the Grade 11 Canadian History students to Lower Fort Garry, a national historic site as it was an HBC trading post – albeit not an integral one. I always wonder about this learning experience as to its ability to transform, reinforce, or create new directions for learners. Do we just do it because we always do it, or does it allow us to solidify our understanding of how the Northwest was transformed in the 19th century?

Now that's a York boat.

No that’s a York boat.

My hope is that this experience allows us to envision many of the stories, concepts, and arguments we have been generating throughout the last few months. So, if you could, please comment below on what this experience was like for you (other than reporting on the fact that we had snow on May 14th :))


Looking at the gates where Treaties 1 & 2 were signed in 1870.

Looking at the gates where Treaties 1 & 2 were signed in 1870.