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I’ll never forget a comment that Molly Clarke made a few years ago, when we were both enrolled in a Master’s Programme in History at the University of Manitoba. We had just met and were discussing our mutual interest in aboriginal and fur trade history, when she remarked that there was something exciting happening right across the country. Aboriginal people were becoming interested in their roots. I too had made the same observation. It was the 1990s, and aboriginal people were asking many questions about their history and circumstances. At one time, they wanted to know about their European ancestry, now they had become interested in their aboriginal forebears. At least this was my experience. Here in Manitoba, the vast majority of aboriginal people have roots that go back to the fur trade, when Europeans associated with the various companies forged economic and family alliances with the aboriginal hunters with whom they traded. As a product of that history, Molly’s focus was on the impact of such relationships historically, not only to shed light on fur trade history, but also to learn more about her own family.
Molly has been joined now by literally thousands of aboriginal people across this country, all doing research to find out more about their ancestors. We want to help. Click on any of the pages listed below for more information.
Last updated: July 27, 2009