1870 in Canada

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Events from the year 1870 in Canada.



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Howard Ferguson
R. B. Bennett

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Historical Documents[edit]

Metis List of Rights calls for Rupert's Land and the Northwest to become the Province of Assiniboia[1]

President Louis Riel gives his first speech to the Red River provisional government[2]

Doubtful about Louis Riel, Prime Minister Macdonald begins assembling a military force[3]

MP praises liberal approach in creating Manitoba in House of Commons speech[4]

Red River resident objects to amnesty for Louis Riel and other leaders[5]

President Grant calls Canada unfriendly to U.S. fishers and shippers[6]

Call for a state-supported "Dominion University" in Canada[7]

McGill University's William Dawson on science education abroad and its application to Canada[8]

Reports of smallpox among Blackfoot, Cree and other nations[9]


  1. ^ D'Arcy G. Vermette, "II.a.The Lists of Rights and Metis Demands," Beyond Doctrines of Dominance, pgs. 108-9. Accessed 21 September 2018 https://ruor.uottawa.ca/bitstream/10393/23138/3/Vermette_DArcy-Gordon_2012_thesis.pdf
  2. ^ "Provisional Government; First Council Meeting; Speech of the President," The New Nation, Winnipeg, Vol. I, No. 10 (March 11, 1870), pg. 2. Accessed 20 September 2018 https://digitalcollections.lib.umanitoba.ca/islandora/object/uofm%3A2743832
  3. ^ Joseph Pope, Memoirs of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald, G.C.B., First Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada (London: Edward Arnold, 1894), pgs. 62-3. Accessed 10 September 2018 https://archive.org/stream/memoirsofrightho02popeiala#page/62/mode/2up/
  4. ^ Adams George Archibald, Speech Delivered in the House of Commons by the Hon. A.G. Archibald, during the Debate on the "Manitoba Bill," May 7, 1870 (Ottawa: Printed by L.B. Taylor, 1870). Accessed 10 September 2018 http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/526/4.html
  5. ^ Letter in "Report of the Select Committee on the Causes of the Difficulties in the North-West Territory in 1869-70," Journals of the House of Commons 1874, Vol. 8, Appendix 6, pg. 195. Accessed 10 September 2018 http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/documents/thewest/lynchredriver.htm
  6. ^ Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, 1789-1873; Monday, December 5, 1870, pgs. 15-18. Accessed 10 September 2018 http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(sj0653)):#0650015
  7. ^ R.G. (Robert Grant) Haliburton, Mr. Haliburton's Speech on the Young Men of the New Dominion; from the Ottawa Citizen, January 27, 1870. Accessed 10 September 2018 https://fishercollections.library.utoronto.ca/islandora/object/broadsides%3ARBDM0164_0001
  8. ^ John William Dawson, Science Education Abroad, a Lecture; Being the Annual University Lecture of the Session 1870-71. Accessed 10 September 2018 https://fishercollections.library.utoronto.ca/islandora/object/broadsides%3ACAP01284_0007
  9. ^ William Francis Butler, Report by Lieutenant Butler, 69th Regt., of His Journey from Fort Garry to Rocky Mountain House and Back (Winnipeg: 1871), pgs. 9-12. Accessed 11 September 2018 http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/615/11.html