Socials project

Events

Cartier and Indigenous Contact

1535

Jacques Cartier journeys up the St. Lawrence to the Native settlements of Stadacona and Hochelaga. He gives Canada its name (from Indian word kanata, meaning village).

Champlain vs the Iroquois

July 30 1609

Champlain travels with the Algonquins to Lake Champlain where they attack the Iroquois and the French use firearms against the Iroquois. Champlain is the first European to use firearms against Indians.

Brule and the Huron

1610

Etienne Brule goes to live among the Huron and eventually becomes the first European to see Lakes Ontario, Huron and Superior.

Catholic Conversion

1615

The first Roman Catholic missionaries try to convert Native people to Christianity.

French Huron Alliance

1616

The French and Huron form an alliance.

Huron and Small Pox

1634

The Huron Nation is reduced by half from European disease

Iroquois defeat the Huron

1648 - 1649

War between the Huron and Iroquois confederacies leads to the destruction of the Huron nation. The Iroquois began raids on New France.

Lachine Massacre

August 5, 1689

As a result of uncertainty in North America during the NIne Years war between England and France the Lachine Massacre is the start of a new series of Iroquois raids on New French settlements.

Frontenac vs Iroquois

1696

Frontenac and 2,000 men leave Montreal on raid that will permanently end Iroquois harassment of New France.

Horses

1700

Horses come to the northern plains, and the region's Indigenous people become nations on horseback.

Iroquois Peace Treaty

August 2 1701

Iroquois sign lasting peace with New France

Plains Horses

1740

The Mandan Indians west of the Great Lakes begin to trade in horses descended from those brought to Texas by the Spanish. Itinerant Assiniboine Indians bring them from Mandan settlements to their own territories southwest of Lake Winnipeg.

Proclamation 1763

1763

Britain wins the Seven Years War and gains rights to most of the French colonies in North America. The Proclamation states that all lands in British North America are to be negotiated through a treaty process with the indigenous peoples.

Iroquois Reserves

1784

After helping the British during the American Revolution, the Iroquois are given two land grants. Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) settles his followers at the Six Nations Reserve, near Brantford.

The Pemmican Proclamation

January 8, 1814

Battle at Seven Oaks

June 19 1816

Métis and a few Indians Massacre Selkirk settlers at Seven Oaks (Winnipeg). The event is set up by the NWTC over the British HBC encroaching on their territory.

Red River Rebellion

December 6, 1869

Louis Riel and the Metis occupy Fort Garry exerting their rights to the area and the Red River Rebellion has begun. Riel will later establish a legal provisional government in the area, with himself as the leader. Aggressive Colonial settlers in the area are taken prisoner. One of the settlers is tried and executed by the provisional government. As a result PM Macdonald dispatches the army and Riel flees to the U.S..

Manitoba Act J

July 15, 1870

The Manitoba Act is passed, making the Red River Area a province known as Manitoba. Metis are granted scrip in the form of land ownership. A voucher with a land or dollar value attached, but are forced out of Red River. Manitoba is known as the "postage stamp" province as a result of its small size.
Riel forced to flee as a result of the Thomas Scott incident does not get to live in the province he created.

The Treaties

1871 - 1875

The first five numbered treaties deal with native lands in northwestern Ontario and what is now southern Manitoba, southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta

NWMP formed

May 1873

American whisky traders kill fifty-six Assiniboine in the Cypress Hills of the southern Prairies. The North-West Mounted Police (later the RCMP) is formed to keep order in the new Canadian territories.

Riel Elected

February 1874

Louis Riel is elected as an MP for Manitoba, but cannot take the seat as he will be arrested if he re-enters Canada.

The Indian Act

1876

The Indian Act is passed, essentially extinguishing any remaining self-government for natives and making them wards of the federal government.

Treaty 7

September 22, 1877

Treaty No.7 cedes the last big section of Prairie land to the government of Canada

Residential Schools

1883 - 2008

The first residential schools open. Their painful legacy would stretch to today.

Northwest Rebellion

1884 - 1885

After migrating west after the Red River Rebellion, the Metis are once again in an area that colonial Canada wants to expand into. The Metis retrieve Louis Riel to advocate for them. This time Canada has the railway to transport the army and the Metis and other Indigenous peoples are in armed conflict with the colonial government on Canada. The rebellion ends in the capture and execution of Riel and the imprisonment of indigenous leaders.