Nanaimo author Greg Fraser’s debut book is ‘Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia.’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

Nanaimo author Greg Fraser’s debut book is ‘Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia.’ (Photo courtesy HA Photography)

Nanaimo author in Courtenay to discuss his book about a historical Metis business leader

Join author and educator Greg N. Fraser for an in-person talk based on his new book “Joseph William McKay: A Métis Business Leader in Colonial British Columbia” 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Courtenay and District Museum.

Fraser’s book provides an intriguing look at the accomplishments and contradictions of Joseph William McKay, best known as the founder of Nanaimo, and one of the most successful Métis men to rise through the ranks of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the late 19th century.

After leaving the HBC in 1878, McKay began a second career in the Department of Indian Affairs. He was a federal Indian Agent and later the Assistant Commissioner of Indian Affairs for British Columbia. A product of his time who had found personal success working within the colonial system, McKay is a complicated figure when viewed through a 21st-century lens.

Copies of “Joseph William McKay” will be available for purchase ($22.95 plus tax, Heritage House Publishing) and signing after the talk.

Greg N. Fraser taught Canadian, B.C. and Indigenous history for 33 years in Vernon and Nanaimo school districts. Since retiring from full-time teaching, he has continued his career with VIU Elder College.

Admission to the evening is $5 per Historical Society member; $6 non-members. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Public health measures and reduced seating capacity in place. FMI or to purchase tickets over the phone call 250-334-0686 ext. 2.

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay.

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