To mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Pierre-Esprit Radisson (1710) and the 125th anniversary of the hanging of Louis Riel (1885), Brandon University, the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, the Société Historique de Saint-Boniface and the Centre d’études franco-canadiennes de l’Ouest, are jointly organizing a bilingual, interdisciplinary conference to take place in Saint Boniface November 18-20, 2010.The first day of the conference will focus on various aspects of the life of the voyageurs, their interaction with First Nations throughout the period of the fur trade, and other activities from the time of New France until the merger of the HBC and the NWC (1821).The second day of the conference will focus on the life of Louis Riel and the Métis nation throughout the crucial events of the Red River and Batoche Resistances. Finally, a round table discussion will be devoted to the representation of Louis Riel, past and present, bringing together personalities from different backgrounds who will share with us their vision of the great Métis leader.
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