Event type: In-person
Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: Greg N. Fraser
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public. Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.
Public health measures in effect and reduced seating capacity in place.
When examining the history of British Columbia, one would be hard-pressed to find an Indigenous person who so successfully navigated the echelons of colonial power as did Joseph William McKay (1829–1900).
Join author and educator Greg N. Fraser for an in-person talk based on his new book Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia 7pm, Tuesday, November 9th at the Courtenay and District Museum.
Fraser’s book provides an intriguing look at the accomplishments and contradictions of Joseph William McKay, best known as the founder of Nanaimo, BC, and one of the most successful Métis men to rise through the ranks of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the late nineteenth century.
After leaving the HBC in 1878, McKay began a second career in the Department of Indian Affairs. He was a federal Indian Agent and later the Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs for British Columbia. A product of his time who had found personal success working within the colonial system, McKay is a complicated figure when viewed through a twenty-first-century lens.
Copies of Joseph William McKay will be available for purchase ($22.95 plus tax, Heritage House Publishing) and signing after the talk.
Greg N. Fraser taught Canadian, BC and Indigenous history for 33 years in Vernon and Nanaimo school districts. Since retiring from full-time teaching, he has continued his career with VIU Elder College.