Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives – Part 2

March 11th, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

The second in Ross’ list of reasons Selkirk had for establishing the Red River Settlement fits hand in glove with the first. Considered together, these motives set an image in the mind’s eye of a greedy British aristocrat, sitting in his counting house, rubbing his hands in glee as the gold pours in. And a lot of people still see the Fifth Earl of Selkirk in that light. But I will get to that later…

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives – Part 1

March 9th, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

Back in December, I said I would write a series on the motivation various people have thought was behind Lord Selkirk’s establishing the Red River Settlement. Sorry to have kept you waiting so long!

Essay Contest!

March 5th, 2010

Are you under the age of 18 and a descendant of one of the original Selkirk Settlers to Red River? Do you like to write? Want to learn more about Red River Colony history? This contest may be for you!

Restricted to Descendants of Original Selkirk Settlers. Contestants must be 18 years of age or less.

Presbyterian Church Served Red River Settlers

February 1st, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

An interesting article about Kildonan Church appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend. If you would like to read the online version of the article, please visit the Winnipeg Free Press website.

Thanks to Cathie for the heads up!

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives… Introduction

December 2nd, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the settlement lately. I have been for several years, but before this year, most of it was primary material – first-hand accounts written by eyewitnesses to the events. Little of that discussed Selkirk’s motives in establishing the RRS as such.

Red River Settlement: Papers in the Canadian Archives Relating to the Pioneers (Chester Martin)

November 30th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

I picked up a Biblio Life reprint of this 1910 publication the other day. It is an interesting little booklet for anyone studying the settlers of the pre-1915 desertions. Essentially, it consists of copies of documents in the Selkirk Papers that help to identify exactly which people arrived as settlers in the 1811, 1812, 1813 and 1814 groups.

The Hayes River Route

November 28th, 2009
by James Munroe

Map from Canadian Heritage Rivers System (

The Hayes River was a major route used by fur traders and native people. This was also the way the Selkirk Settlers took to reach Lake Winnipeg and then the Red River Settlement, after landing off Hudson’s Bay. The river begins near Norway House and runs NE through Oxford and Knee Lakes, reaching Hudson’s Bay at York Factory, a distance of 600 kms.

New Book on My Shelf!

November 23rd, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

I wrote about Donald Gunn and his egging expedition for the Smithsonian a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned in the first entry that someone had requested a copy of his book History of Manitoba from the Earliest Settlement to 1835. As I didn’t have the book in my own Red River collection, I decided I’d like to obtain a copy.

Peter Rindisbacher 5

November 21st, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell
Peter Rindisbacher c. 1834. Self Portrait

Peter Rindisbacher c. 1834. Self Portrait

Peter Rindisbacher 4

November 20th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

A few more Rindisbachers related to the RRS:

Métis Family ca. 1826 (Bata Shoe Museum P80.982)

Métis Family ca. 1826 (Bata Shoe Museum P80.982)

 	Chippewa mode of traveling in spring and summer by Peter Rindisbacher c. 1825 (Virtual Museum of Canada)

Chippewa mode of traveling in spring and summer by Peter Rindisbacher c. 1825 (Virtual Museum of Canada; West Point Museum Art Collection)