what’s done

Background information, Norma J. Hall Ph.D.

Self portrait, ballpoint pen on paper, c.1980.


Self-supported research, writing, and online publication on the history of Manitoba with a concentration on political-economic development at Red River Settlement.

Online book-length e-text:

Cover Page Capture

A Casualty of Colonialism: Red River Métis Farming, 1810–1870

Select sources for the above:

cover page

Red River Scrapbook


Mothers of the Resistance 1869–1870: Red River Métis Genealogies

Current Project:

Red River Settlement Cookbook


• June 2012–March 2013: Historical research, concept development, and content writing of educational resources relating to the history of the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia for Manitoba schools, undertaken with the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Government of Manitoba, and the Government of Canada.

Capture of pageResource research and content posted as Provisional Government of Assiniboia: Acknowledging the Contribution of Original North American Peoples to the Creation of Manitoba, http://hallnjean2.wordpress.com/ (ongoing content development).

web pageFinished project incorporating written content, released 22 October 2015 by the Government of Manitoba with the Manitoba Metis Federation as “Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia Activity and Resources,” http://www.legislativeassemblyofassiniboia.ca.

• October 2011–March 2012: Contracted researcher and writer for Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canada, on the Métis experience with residential schools. Essay: “We Were Children: The Provision, Conduct, Legacy and Implications for Reconciliation of Residential Schooling for the Métis,” with appended list of schools.

Detail of photo used on report cover. “Group of Children, Ile-à-la-Crosse, Sask.,” [c. 1919?]. Source: Canada. Department of the Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-044539. Restrictions on use: Nil. Copyright: Expired. Date posited on the basis of a photograph taken at the same location beside the Hudson’s Bay Company house at what appears to be the same period, see “H.B. Co. dwelling house, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Sask.,” (1919), Canada, Department of Mines and Technical Surveys/ Library and Archives Canada / PA-018067.

• August–November 2010: Contracted researcher and writer for Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, on the “Contributions of Métis People in Manitoba: The Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia History Project.”

Finished Project Reports:

LAA cover

LAA Debates Cover

Convention 40 Debates


PhD Diss

2004–2009: Ph.D. program, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

MA Thesis 001

2003: M.A., Joint Program in History, Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg.

1980: Diploma in Advertising Art, Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Red River Folk:

Captain William Kennedy (Métis)

Anne ‘Annie’ McDermot Bannatyne (Métis)