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Monday, November 16, 2020

Are you interested in history of black labour and the law in late 18th century Canada? Or the medical-legal history of "certification" of insanity?


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November 18, 2020 at 5:30 via Zoom

This event will explore the work of our 2019 McMurtry Fellowship recipients.


Anna Jarvis, Black labour, loyalism, and the law in late eighteenth-century British North America

In 1783 five siblings of the Jarvis family of Stamford, Connecticut, were forced to flee the City of New York as part of the Loyalist diaspora following the American revolutionary war, bringing notions of race and labour with them. This diaspora included black Loyalists and black slaves who were to become part of the black population of the British North American colonies. The Jarvis siblings would profit from black labour by various then legal means, including indenture and enslavement, reflecting the varying degrees of bound and free black labour under negotiation in British North America at the end of the eighteenth century.

Filippo Sposini, Just the Basic Facts: The Certification of Insanity in Ontario (1870s-1890s)

The certification of insanity was a medico-legal procedure regulating admission into psychiatric institutions. This presentation will focus on the certification procedure developed during the second half of the nineteenth-century in Ontario. Taking the Toronto Lunatic Asylum as a case study, it will explore the introduction of certificates of insanity, examination practices, and people involved in the process. It will show that certification in Ontario was a consensus-based procedure shielding medical practitioners from potential legal actions.

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Bohaker, Doodem and Council Fire to be published at the end of the month

 We are pleased to announce that this year our members’ book, Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance Through Alliance by Heidi Bohaker, is scheduled to be published at the end of this month. If you are a member the book will be sent to you automatically.

Not only is this book an exhaustively researched account of the legal traditions of one of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, it is also elaborately illustrated and would make a wonderful Christmas gift!  To purchase a gift membership, or to renew your membership, please visit our website