Proposal Title

SESSION 1.2: Emma Lamontagne-Vachon, Prolific Letter Writer and Chronicler, Vancouver 1886

Presentation Type

Individual paper

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

4-5-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

4-5-2019 12:15 PM

Abstract

Emma Lamontagne left her native Gaspé in 1886 to join her husband Édouard Vachon in Vancouver. This was the first step in a difficult life that saw her separated from her family, then abandoned with her children by her Klondike-bound husband and living in quasi-mendicancy in B.C. and California. The corpus of her correspondence to her family provides a chronicle of life within the Francophone community in early Vancouver, where French, French-Canadians, Franco-Americans and Métis interacted closely in the new city in their efforts against cultural and linguistic assimilation. The traces of this community remain in the city’s older sectors, as tangible witnesses to Emma’s passage, in both happy and difficult times.

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SESSION 1.2: Emma Lamontagne-Vachon, Prolific Letter Writer and Chronicler, Vancouver 1886

IB 1015

Emma Lamontagne left her native Gaspé in 1886 to join her husband Édouard Vachon in Vancouver. This was the first step in a difficult life that saw her separated from her family, then abandoned with her children by her Klondike-bound husband and living in quasi-mendicancy in B.C. and California. The corpus of her correspondence to her family provides a chronicle of life within the Francophone community in early Vancouver, where French, French-Canadians, Franco-Americans and Métis interacted closely in the new city in their efforts against cultural and linguistic assimilation. The traces of this community remain in the city’s older sectors, as tangible witnesses to Emma’s passage, in both happy and difficult times.