The Rules of Red River: The Council of Assiniboia and its Impact on the Colony, 1820-1869

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  • Nelly Laudicina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21971/P7CP44

Abstract

The Council of Assiniboia, whose members were appointed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), held administrative, judicial and legislative powers over the Red River colony. The Council's main challenge was to remain relevant to the Red River settlers while simultaneously adhering to the priorities of the HBC. Through numerous petitions and occasional riots the population of Red River acquired both representation and power in the Council. The aim of this paper is to discuss the relations of power underlying the transformation of not only the Council, but of the colony as a whole.

Author Biography

Nelly Laudicina

Nelly Laudicina is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Ottawa and Université de Paris IV, la Sorbonne. Her field of study is Colonial Western Canada and she can be reached at nlaud031@uottawa.ca

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2009-09-04

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