FEBRUARY 15, 2017 - New France's Huguenots: Clandestine Refugees of the XVIIth Century

Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History | Conférences Gordon F. Henderson sur l'histoire des réfugiés

As part of the Gordon F. Henderson Speaker Series on Refugee History,
the Human Rights Research and Education Centre is pleased to present:

New France's Huguenots: Clandestine Refugees of the XVIIth Century

Before the Huguenots were barred from their own country by the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685, an event which triggered the mass departure of refugees from the country, they had already undergone more than a century of war and persecution. Many Huguenot families belonged to a vast network of merchants, artisans, and preachers who not only worked to find suitable areas for relocation, but also served as a means of gathering and transmitting information on these locations. During the course of the seventeenth century, the choice between culture and language or the open and free practice of religion became more and more stark. How does the history of the colonies of New France accord with the displacement of the Huguenots? Québec and Montréal were both inhabited by important Huguenot merchants; did their families live with them? The history of the Huguenots in New France is seldom discussed, but in examining sources which are infrequently brought to light, we can perhaps bright to the surface those who preferred to remain clandestine.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Simard Hall - SMD129
(60 University, uOttawa)

All are welcome.
This event will be presented in French.
RSVP at HRREC@uOttawa.ca.


  • Stéphanie PETTIGREW | Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of New Brunswick

Stéphanie Pettigrew is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of New Brunswick. Her dissertation focuses on accusations of blasphemy and witchcraft in seventeenth-century Montréal. She obtained her master’s degree in History from the University of Guelph, and her bachelor’s degree from Cape Breton University. Currently, she coordinates a database project digitizing all of the British North America Legislative acts, and also contributes to another database project, Vocabularies of Identities, which seeks to digitize early Acadian newspapers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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