Simcoe County Branch – Researching Métis Ancestors with Christine Woodcock

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Date(s) - 05/02/2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Speaker: Christine Woodcock

In the late 18th century, Scotsmen traveled to York Factory to work with the Hudson Bay Company. Being indentured for 3 to 5 years, these men often coupled with Cree women, creating the Métis Nation in Canada. The Hudson’s Bay Company’s rival, the Northwest Company, also sent men to the Red River area to trap in the winter months. These men also coupled with the Cree women, adding French blood to the Métis. Many of the Scots eventually left the Red River area, relocating to Simcoe County. In her talk, Christine will help us understand the influence the Scottish had on creating the Métis Nation and outline resources for research.

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