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Purdey, Cheryl Ann

Supervisor and department: Gerahrd Ens, History

Examining committee member and department: Ken Munro, History Pat McCormack, Native Studies

Department: Department of History

Specialization:

Date accepted: 2010-03-11T15:28:12Z

Graduation date: 2010-06

Degree: Master of Arts

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: The majority of workers in the Hudson’s Bay Company, up until the mid-19thcentury, originated in the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland.Historians have characterized these workers as an homogenous group—thrifty,sober, suited to work in cold weather and in the boats. Most worked for theCompany for several years, saved their money and returned to their home islands.My research into the lives and work of the Orkneymen of the Saskatchewandistrict, however, has revealed that a significant portion of these men remained inthe North West. They adapted well to the environment of Rupert’s Land, acquireduseful skills including learning aboriginal languages, and, above all, manymarried native women and raised families, ultimately putting down roots inwestern Canada. My thesis focuses on this subset of men and the contributionthey made to life in the early Canadian West.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3PK8Z

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Author: Purdey, Cheryl Ann

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