Monday, November 15, 2010

Who was Sir James Douglas?

By Gail Edwards, Chair of the History Department

Everyone is invited to my noon-hour talk on November 19, where I will give you a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of James Douglas and Amelia Connolly.

James Douglas was born in Demerara (now Guyana) to a Scottish sugar  plantation owner and a free-born Creole woman from Barbardos. Amelia  Connolly was was born in Rupertsland to a Scottish fur trader and a high  ranking Swampy Cree woman. As a young man starting out in a  transnational business, her father was his boss.

After their marriage, they traveled thousands of kilometres by canoe  and ship for his work. Of their 13 children, six lived to be adults.

Learn about the complex world of British North America in the first  half of the nineteenth century, the connections between Britain and its  colonies, the changing lives of Aboriginal peoples and the making of  modern British Columbia.

Where & When: November 19, noon-1pm, Room 2203, New Westminster Campus

Gail Edwards teaches Canadian history at Douglas. She is also the bibliographer for the scholarly journal BC Studies. In May 2010, Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children's Illustrated Books and Publishing,  which she co-authored with Judith Saltman, was published by the  University of Toronto Press. Her current research interests include the  history of print culture in British Columbia and the history of  children’s library services in Western Canada.

Win a paddlewheeler lunch cruise! Everyone who attends Gail’s talk on November 19 is eligible to win a pair of tickets for a “Douglas Day” Fraser River cruise to Fort Langley on Saturday, November 20.