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November 7th, 2017
November 7th, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Fall Lecture Series: JOHN McDOUGALL (1842-1917) Native Son of Owen Sound

Donald B. Smith presents: John McDougall, Native Son of Owen Sound: A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of His Death. 

In the late summer and fall of 1886 Rev. John McDougall, born and raised in Owen Sound, accompanied three Alberta First Nations leaders to Central Canada. Numerous Methodist (United Church) congregations funded the trip, a reward for loyalty during the troubles of 1885. The Alberta group arrived by railway to Port Arthur, then by steamer to Owen Sound. A power point presentation reviews John McDougall’s early life in Ontario and the West to the 1886 visit of the “Loyal Methodist Chiefs”. The presentation ends with a hundred year film that shows Rev. McDougall interpreting at the 1916 adoption ceremony of the Duke of Connaught, Governor General of Canada, as a Stoney Nakoda Chief.

Donald B. Smith (1946-) is a professor emeritus of History at the University of Calgary. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1975, and taught Canadian History at the University of Calgary from 1974 to 2009, where he is now Professor Emeritus of History and member of the Order of the University of Calgary. Smith and his wife, Nancy Townshend, live in Calgary. Donald Smith's publications include five biographies on individuals connected with Aboriginal Canada. He is currently writing a new book, The Blind Spot, a look at non-Indigenous Canadians’ perspectives on the First Nations, 1867-2017.

This presentation is part of our Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November at 2:30 p.m. in our Theatre. Complimentary refreshments following. Free with admission. Members free as always. 

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