The former coordinator of the interdisciplinary Canadian Studies program at the University of Alberta, Minsos remains a principal behind the annual Mel Hurtig Lectureship, On The Future of Canada. Canadian Studies’ students, with their interest in and passion for understanding the many facets of Canada, inspired this tribute to Mr. Hurtig in 2006. The interdisciplinary lecture goes forward under the auspices of the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Lectureship founder (and former coordinator) is Janine Brodie CM FRSC. Current coordinator is Yasmeen Abu-Laban, CRC. Distinguished speaker for the next Hurtig Lecture is Canadian jurist Beverley McLachlin PC CC CStJ. The lecture will be held online, Thursday, October 28, 2021.
Of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Tehawennihárhos (Squire Davis) and Scottish Jennet Ferguson Davis, who resided in Onondaga, Ontario, are central to Minsos’ fiction. The Davises are her great-great grandparents. Their life journey facilitates the telling of the Grand River Navigation Company and land jobbers and the colonial government’s scandalous treatment of the Haudenosaunee.
By 1846, Fort Edmonton had a population of about 110 white males. Canada West (Ontario) had about 480 000 souls. In 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation, Montréal and Toronto enjoyed populations large enough to dominate the Euro-centric BNA colonies. About 100 000 Indigenous were spread across the land, with many First Nations’ facing various degrees of official chicanery of the kind the Haudenosaunee had faced fifty years earlier.
Methodology (for fiction and non-fiction) is outlined in Culture Clubs: The Art of Living Together and Weird Tit-for-Tat: The Game of Our Lives. MacEwan University (Fall 2014) appointed Minsos as writer-in-residence. In 2017, for writing The Mohawk Trilogy, Minsos was one among many who received federal recognition for supporting efforts towards truth and reconciliation (Canada 150).
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Lillian Brown of Foreword Reviews awarded five stars to Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: Charter (2018)
Brooklea on the Grand River was the former home of Mohawk Chief Thomas Davis
Culture Clubs: The Art of Living Together (2002)
Weird Tit-for-Tat: The Game of Our Lives (2004)
Squire Davis and the Crazy River (2009)
Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos (2013)
Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos: The Battle of Vinegar Hill (2012)
Friday Surprise – Cornelius Krieghoff
Photography by Ian Lefebvre
Save the Canadian Horse
credit JJMK Sept 2020
Author’s note. Having earned my BA at Western University, I graduated with MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. One thread of my lineage, maternally, descends from the Six Nations on the Grand River, Ontario. Lifetime residents of Edmonton (another beautiful river city), my family identifies as prairie Westerners and, of course, curious Canadians 🇨🇦. My theory of socialization underscores my writing, as do folktales and drama.
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