How the Hudson’s Bay Company Shaped Canada’s History and Relations with Indigenous People


Course Description

This course will take place on Zoom.

In this course, we will discuss the rise and fall of the Hudson’s Bay Company during the first 200 years of its existence, mainly through revisiting the interactions between the British and French leaders and explorers and their Indigenous trading partners. Why was this British company created in 1670 by two French coureurs de bois from New France? Why did the company establish itself so far north? What inspired the explorers to take such risks? How did commodity exchange affect the lives of Indigenous peoples? How did the treatment of Indigenous peoples by the company change as time progressed? How did the company’s activities influence the ultimate borders of Canada? Why was the company’s monopoly withdrawn in 1870? We will explore these and other questions through a close reading of Stephen R. Bown’s The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire, plus many supplementary readings.

Books to Purchase

    • The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire by Stephen R. Bown.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Thursday 23 September 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Pam Butler, Len Richman, Tony Rustin, Devinderpal Singh

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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