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Dr. Harry Duckworth traces the colony from the original treaty between Lord Selkirk and the Hudson’s Bay Company to the treaty Selkirk signed with five local First Nations leaders.
Throughout its past, Canada has had a checkered history of welcoming people at its borders.
While thousands of eastern Europeans poured into Canada to settle the prairie west, a few hundred elected to return to their roots and build an agricultural utopia in the new Soviet Russia. Utopian, it wasn’t.
A trove of family photos offers a window on the experience of prairie settlers.
Anna Shumilak of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives talks about the Selkirk Settlers exhibit and shows us how the original plan of the Red River Colony laid the foundation for the development of the City of Winnipeg.