- 7:30 PM
Speaker: Jean Barman, historian
VHS member Morag Maclachan left a legacy of an important publication, The Fort Langley Journals (UBC Press), along with extensive research on Noel Annance, an Abenaki from just outside of Montreal who was among the post’s founders in 1824 and after whom Annacis Island in New Westminster is named. Just before her death in 2011 and unable to complete his story, Morag asked Jean Barman to do so. The result is Abenaki Daring: The Life and Writings of Noel Annance, 1792-1869 (McGill-Queen’s University Press), which tells the story of an Indigenous man who by virtue of having attended Dartmouth College, due to his maternal descent from child captives, was all his life caught between two ways of being. He was too indigenous to be accepted in the fur trade, too highly educated to fit in on returning home in 1834. Noel Annance did not crumple, but rather used his pen to detail to the government Indigenous people’s plight in a Canada in the making. The exclusionary policies generally considered to have originated with the Indian Act of 1876 were long in place.