Posts Tagged ‘food supply’

Sites of Interest… or Not!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

I was alerted to a new-to-me website this morning – one that mentions the Red River Colony. So, naturally, I went in to have a look!

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives – Part 3

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

The third of Selkirk’s supposed motives in Ross’ list leaves me scratching my head a bit.

Peter Rindisbacher 5

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

Peter Rindisbacher c. 1834. Self Portrait

Notes of an Egging Expedition to Shoal Lake, West of Lake Winnipeg 4

Friday, November 6th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

The expedition began to go downhill for Donald Gunn once they arrived at Lake Manitoba. He developed a skin infection that painfully affected his eyes. On the third day, the group turned south, heading home to the RRS. They were near the south shore of Shoal Lake when the heavens opened, and they were forced to set up camp beneath the carts. The rain was intense, and they feared a lightning strike to the carts, caught as they were on the open plains. Everything, including the specimens, was thoroughly soaked.

The Value of Dogs

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

I have yet to find mention of the monetary value of a dog at Red River, but there is plenty of evidence that people placed a high value on their dogs.

Other Dog Roles at the RRS

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

There were other purposes for dogs. In August of 1812, Miles Macdonell writes about Fort Alexander that, although it was on a river (the Winnipeg) key to commerce, the river “was a scarce place for provisions. The Canadians killed two dogs for their supper.”
The winter of 1825-6 was a bitter winter. The Bison disappeared, and travel across the massive drifts of snow was nearly impossible. Dogs became a part of the diet of the starving colonists.

The Problem with Dogs…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

There is no question that dogs were essential to life at Red River. But their working days were mostly winter days. These were hardy dogs, fit and perhaps high-strung – in terms of energy, at least. So, the major problems began when the snow and ice disappeared and the main method of dissipating all that energy melted away with the arrival of spring.

The Working Dog – Part 1

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

As I have read through the literature researching this topic, it has become apparent that, in the early days of the RRS – and well into its history – man’s best friend functioned mainly as the sled dog. A good breeding stock must have been in the area before the settlers arrived. Although there is mention of dogs being used at York Factory, I didn’t see any reference to them being brought down in the boats.

Today in History – 17 October 1815

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

Today in History – 12 October 1815

Monday, October 12th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

I thought It would be interesting to follow this week in 1815, as seen through the eyes of Colin Robertson. Robertson took charge of the remaining settlers and the colony after the evacuation to Jack River in June of 1815 until the new Governor, Robert Semple, arrived to take the place of Miles Macdonell.

Annual Reunion Meal and AGM (Dec. 1, 2013)

November 1st, 2013

Our annual reunion meal and AGM will be held on December 1st, 2013, from noon to 4:00 p.m., on the third floor of the Manitoba Hydro Building, 360 Por... Read More »


Tour of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (Nov. 14, 2013)

November 1st, 2013

Betty Gill is organizing a tour for us on Thursday, Nov. 14th, at 4 p.m. at the Manitoba Provincial Archives Bldg., entrance on Vaughan St., just sout... Read More »


Greetings to the Community

November 1st, 2013

Several of our members have brought greetings to the community-at-large on behalf of TLSARL. Cathie Morgan Matula brought greetings to the Powerview W... Read More »




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