1823-1838 Conflict, population declines & newcomers

May 12, 2020


Fort St. John is closed following an armed conflict with local First Nations.


HBC post journals from Dunvegan begin reporting a decline in population among the Dane-zaa of the Peace River due to sickness and death, a trend that continues into the next decade.


Census records indicate that Iroquois, Salteaux, Cree and Metis hunters begin moving with their families from the plains to the Peace River despite protests from the Dane-zaa. The newcomers bring smallpox to the area.

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