Did You Know? Métis Joseph McKay

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Métis Joseph McKay came to the pacific coast from the Red River in 1844. Among this exceptional man's accomplishments are: the first salmon fishery station, negotiation of the Douglas Treaties, the building of Nanaimo, the exploration of the interior of Vancouver Island, the founding of the Vancouver Island Steam sawmill company, the management of HBC operations at Fort Kamloops and Fort Simpson, the personal innoculation of 1300 Shuswap First Nation people against smallpox, the conception of the first BC pulp mill, and many other significant accomplishments.

Picture: Fort Victoria - where representatives of the first legislative assembly west of the Great Lakes was sworn in (1856), including Joseph McKay elected representative for Victoria District.

You can learn more about Joseph McKay at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.