Renowned Explorer To Be Honoured At Fort Carlton
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 at 15:22
A famous explorer with ties to northern Saskatchewan will be honoured at a fort near the Beardy’s/Okemasis reserve this spring.
On May 23rd, members of the David Thompson Society will canoe from Rocky Mountain House to Fort Carlton for a ceremony.
After travelling to the fort, the delegation will make its way to Ontario.
The society is hoping to draw more attention to Thompson, a fur trader in the late 1700’s who mapped one-fifth of the continent.
Thompson spent one winter in Cumberland House and married a woman from Ile-a-la-Crosse.
Society chairperson Andy Corso says he was a true pioneer.
Corso says he was the first Canadian to speak not only English and French, but three Aboriginal languages, as well — including Cree.
Corso says he was well-repected by his peers and First Nations people.