Historian Gerhard Ens in the News

13 09 2009

Fort Whoop-Up is notorious in the history of western Canada because American whiskey traders sold poisonous liquor to First Nations there. Canadian historians have traditionally regarded the presence of American whiskey traders in the Canadian west as an essentially negative force. University of Alberta historian Gerhard Ens, however, is now challenging the conventional wisdom. He shared his research with the public at a recent conference at Fort Whoop-Up, which is now a historic site. See this item from the Lethbridge Herald.