This Open Academy will include a thorough analysis by a distinguished historian of the overall significance of the Treaty of Utrecht, with an emphasis on its importance for Canada. Taking the tercentenary of the treaty as an occasion for its re-evaluation, the session will endeavour to convey to a wide audience the foundational nature of the treaty in terms of changes in eighteenth-century North America, and to prompt audience discussion as to the continuing influence of its provisions over the intervening centuries to the present time. Following more than twenty years of near-continuous warfare between English/British and French empires, with the extensive involvement also of First Nations, the treaty represented an effort not only to resolve French-British disputes in Europe but also to reach a lasting settlement in North America.
- Dr. Elizabeth Mancke, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, University of New Brunswick
- Dr. James Hiller, University Research Professor Emeritus, Memorial University
- Dr. Kenneth Donovan, Parks Canada historian, Fortress Louisbourg.
- Ms. Anne Marie Lane Jonah, Parks Canada historian, Fortress Louisbourg.