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History: The Pleasant Speaking People

Reprinted from the December 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

French Cree canoemen often manned the “canots du maitre” that spanned a continent carrying the Chief Factors of the fur companies.

The Pleasant Speaking People
By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S.

‘Of all the aboriginal tribes of our Canadian Northwest perhaps none are so familiar to the wanderer from the highways and byways of civilization than the soft-spoken Cree Indians of the woodlands and the plains. Ever since that distant summer in 1640 when Jesuit missionaries first made mention of them few tribes have been so consistently friendly with the British or done so much to enable paleface pathfinders to explore and open up that vast hinterland known as Rupert’s Land.’

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‘Our History’ is curated by former Canadian Cattlemen editor, Gren Winslow.

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