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Queen's University Archives 38th Annual Archives Lecture
Join the Queen's University Archives on Zoom on Friday November 27 from 3-5 pm for a panel of two complementary presentations. Brandon Graham, the Acting Treaty Research Coordinator with the Treaties, Lands & Environment Department at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN) will present Treaty Research at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation: Access, Justice, and Curiosity. He will be joined by Michael Borsk, Ph. D. candidate in the Department of History, who will deliver Dirty Deeds?: The History of the 1796 Fairfield-Chippewa Deed in and Beyond Queen’s Archives. Scott Berthelette, Assistant Professor, History will moderate the panel and Q&A.

The annual lecture highlights the archival collections which are held by Queen’s University and serves as a public forum to disseminate and discuss the research that is, or has been, carried out using those collections.

Nov 27, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Brandon Graham
Acting Treaty Research Coordinator @Treaties, Lands & Environment Department at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN)
Brandon Graham is the Acting Treaty Research Coordinator with the Treaties, Lands & Environment Department at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (COTTFN). The research he conducts focuses on the development of specific claims against the Crown in right of Canada. The claims he and his colleagues work on are often of a historical nature, involving interactions between the Chippewas of the Thames’ ancestors and the government of colonial Canada. Brandon is honored and grateful to have received the 2020 Geraldine Grace and Maurice Alvin McWatters Visiting Fellowship from the Queen’s University Archives. This fellowship provided him with an opportunity to conduct research at the Queen’s University Archives, which contains information relevant to COTTFN’s treaty history. Before beginning his career with COTTFN, Brandon studied philosophy and religion at Western University and theology at the University of Toronto, receiving a BA and a Master of Theological Studies respectively.
Michael Borsk
Doctoral candidate and the W.C. Good Fellow @Queen's University, Department of History
Michael Borsk is a doctoral candidate in the History Department and the W.C. Good Fellow at Queen’s University. This year, he is also a Global Fellow with Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History and a McMurtry Fellow with the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. His dissertation, entitled, “Measuring Ground: Surveyors and the Geography of Sovereignty and Property in the Great Lakes Region, 1783-1840” explores the role played by land surveyors in the creation of the state-backed property regimes in British Upper Canada and the American Old Northwest. Since 2018, Michael has been researching the history of the 1796 Fairfield-Chippewa Deed, travelling to archives around the Great Lakes region in order to piece together the fascinating history of this peculiar document.
Scott Berthelette
Assistant Professor @Queen's University, Department of History
Scott Berthelette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University. He researches the history of Indigenous Peoples, the Métis, New France, and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Scott completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in January 2020. His Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded dissertation is titled "Between Sovereignty and Statecraft: New France and the Contest for the Hudson Bay Watershed, 1663-1774," and examines how French-Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois were instrumental cultural brokers between Indigenous peoples and the French colonial government in the Hudson Bay Watershed. This project will be published as a monograph with McGill-Queen's University Press. Scott is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the federally recognized self-government of the Métis people of Manitoba.