38th Annual Archives Lecture

Event Date: 
Nov 27, 2020
Event Location: 

The 38th Annual Archives Lecture will be held through Zoom on Friday, November 27, from 3-5 pm EST. 

This event is free for all to join! You can register for this event here. Registrants will recieve an email confirmation and zoom link.

The Queen's University Archives and W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections will host a panel of two complementary presentations:Treaty Research at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation: Access, Justice, and Curiosity, by Brandon Graham, and Dirty Deeds?: The History of the 1796 Fairfield-Chippewa Deed in and Beyond Queen’s Archives, by Micheal Borsk, with moderation and Q&A by Scott Berthelette.

Brandon Graham is the Acting Treaty Research Coordinator with the Treaties, Lands & Environment Department at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN). The research he conducts focuses on the development of specific claims against the Crown in right of Canada. The claims he and his colleagues work on are often of a historical nature, involving interactions between the Chippewas of the Thames’ ancestors and the government of colonial Canada. Brandon is honored and grateful to have received the 2020 Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship from the Queen’s University Archives. This fellowship provided him with an opportunity to conduct research at the Queen’s University Archives, which contains information relevant to COTTFN’s treaty history. 

Michael Borsk is a doctoral candidate in the History Department and the W.C. Good Fellow at Queen’s University. This year, he is also a Global Fellow with Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History and a McMurtry Fellow with the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. His dissertation, entitled, “Measuring Ground: Surveyors and the Geography of Sovereignty and Property in the Great Lakes Region, 1783-1840” explores the role played by land surveyors in the creation of the state-backed property regimes in British Upper Canada and the American Old Northwest. Since 2018, Michael has been researching the history of the 1796 Fairfield-Chippewa Deed, travelling to archives around the Great Lakes region in order to piece together the fascinating history of this peculiar document.

Scott Berthelette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University. He researches the history of Indigenous Peoples, the Métis, New France, and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Scott completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in January 2020. His Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded dissertation is titled "Between Sovereignty and Statecraft: New France and the Contest for the Hudson Bay Watershed, 1663-1774," and examines how French-Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois were instrumental cultural brokers between Indigenous peoples and the French colonial government in the Hudson Bay Watershed. This project will be published as a monograph with McGill-Queen's University Press. Scott is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the federally recognized self-government of the Métis people of Manitoba.

For more information, please email archives@queensu.ca or call 613-533-2378. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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