Avie Bennett Public Lecture in Canadian History- Dr. Adele Perry (September 28, 2023)

Dear colleagues,

Dr. Adele Perry will give the annual Avie Bennett Public Lecture in Canadian History on September 28, 2023. The title of her public lecture is “A Difficult History of the Hudson’s Bay Company.” You will find a description of her talk and the registration form at the end of our invitation. There will be a dinner before the public lecture.

The dinner (from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm) and the public lecture (7:00 pm to 8:00 pm) will be at the Private Dining Room (Schulich Building).

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner and the public lecture on September 28, 2023.


Stephen and Marcel

Stephen Brooke, Chair, History Department, York University

Marcel Martel, History Department, York University


Registration form: https://laps.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=2001045

Adele Perry (FRSC) is a settler historian at the University of Manitoba, where she is currently Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Director of the Centre for Human Rights Research. Perry is a graduate of York’s PhD programme in History and a past president of the Canadian Historical Association.

· Description of the public lecture: How should historians understand the fur-trade, and powerful corporate entities associated with it, as a chapter in a global history of colonialism and dispossession? This talk will aim to trouble the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company by centering it in difficult histories of violence, conflict, and the theft of knowledge, land, and lives in North America, ones with implications for the lived present of colonialism in Western Canada.

We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. L’Université York reconnaît que de nombreuses nations autochtones entretiennent des relations de longue date avec les territoires sur lesquels sont situés les campus de l’Université York, relations qui précèdent la création de l’Université York. L’Université York reconnaît sa présence sur le territoire traditionnel de nombreuses nations autochtones. La région connue comme Tkaronto a été préservée par la nation anishinabek, la Confédération Haudenosaunee et les Hurons-Wendats. Elle est désormais le foyer d’un grand nombre de communautés de Premières Nations, d’Inuits et de Métis. Nous reconnaissons les titulaires actuels du traité, la Première Nation des Mississaugas de New Credit. Ce territoire est soumis au traité de la ceinture wampum (« Dish with One Spoon »), entente définissant le partage et la préservation pacifiques de la région des Grands Lacs.