Posts Tagged ‘RRS Politics’

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives – Part 4

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

by Elizabeth Campbell

Ross concludes his list with the following entry:

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.

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives – Part 2

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

Selkirk’s Ulterior Motives… Introduction

Wednesday, 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.

Today in History – 12 November 1811

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

Miles Macdonell and Mr. Hillier made two camps near York Factory over the winter of 1811/12, where the men who were to be the work crew for the Red River Settlement lived until moving south after break-up. Even from Macdonell’s journal, which is often somewhat brief and lacking detail in its daily record of events, it is clear that the winter was full of malcontent.

Women of Red River – Helen Kennedy

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
by Chloe Clark

Settlers came to Red River filled with hope, but some found only disappointment. In many cases, their names are remembered only in 200-year-old journal entries. Such an one was Helen Kennedy, a young Irish woman who sailed in 1813.

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 2

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

The working dogs of Red River pulled another type of vehicle in the winter, too – the carriole. The carriole was a miniature version of the vehicle of the same name used with horses, and as such was more decorative in appearance than the usual toboggan-like dog sledge.

Today in History – 16 September 1815

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
by Elizabeth Campbell

Colin Robertson is at Fort Douglas with those settlers that remained loyal and evacuated to Jack River in June and with the new arrivals from Kildonan. They have worked hard to rebuild the RRS and to save whatever portion of the crops escaped trampling by NWCo. servants in June. It will be another difficult winter for the settlers.

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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