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The heyday of the Canadian fur trade spanned the 40 years between the formation of the Montreal-based North West Company in 1779 and its amalgamation in 1821 with the London-based Hudson’s Bay Company. During this brief period, all of Western Canada was explored and brought within the economic orbit of Montreal, and British North America. However, the North West Company did more than lay the economic and political foundations of the future country of Canada. It also marked the fi rst occasion when the various founding peoples of Canada worked closely together in the same enterprise.
This is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Civilization which will focus on the many roles played by different ethnic and social groups in the North West Company.