Two hundred years ago Scottish settlers came to what is now Manitoba to establish a colony. Against almost insurmountable hardship they endured and prospered. Red River Remembered explores their challenges, courage, fortitude and determination to succeed. While most history tends to focus on the role of men in early Canada, Noni Campbell-Horner has attempted to shed light on the incredible contribution of the women of Red River, especially through their efforts in the kitchen and at the dining room table.
Campbell-Horner is a direct descendant of two of the original families that arrived in North America in the 1800s. Lessons learned long ago in the author’s grandmother’s kitchen included instructions in food preparation and preservation, proper behavior, manners, how to dress, sew and generally navigate through life the “Old Kildonan” way.
The Red River Settlers made a major contribution to Canada. In this bicenntenial year of the founding of the first European settlement in western Canada, Campbell-Horner has prepared a unique celebration of our pioneer past.