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January 26, 2017
Adele Perry, (University of Manitoba)

“The Global Fur-Trade: Indigenous People, Colonial Rule, and Imperial Connections in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century”
This paper will analyze discussions of the ethics and excesses of fur-trade colonialism that circulated within the nineteenth-century imperial world.  Paying particular attention to the work of Metis intellectual and critic Alexander Kennedy or Koubanay Isbister (1822-1883), I will analyze where the fur-trade fit (and did not fit) within liberal humanitarian critiques of British imperial practice.   In the process, I will make the case for a more wide-ranging analysis of the fur-trade that pays particular attention to the connections between the dispossession of Indigenous peoples and the exploitation of Indigenous labour and resources in northern North America and the enslavement of African peoples in southern North America and the Caribbean.