Since 2004, The Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History has served to promote the study of Canada’s heritage as a vital and lively academic discipline. The Chair was established by the Historica Foundation of Canada, endowed by York Chancellor Emeritus Avie Bennett. Each year, an esteemed lecturer is invited to share their research with historians, students, faculty, and the public at large.
2023 Avie Bennett Historica Lecture
A difficult history of the Hudson’s Bay Company
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.
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023. (In-person only)
Dinner: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (For all attendees)
Lecture: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Schulich – Private Dinning Room
Speaker: Adele Perry
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 program in History and a past president of the Canadian Historical Association.