Buckingham, Ville occupée (‘Buckingham, Occupied city‘), first published 1983, by Pierre Louis Lapointe.
A nearly-forgotten story (at least in anglophone Ottawa) of the brutal and premeditated murder of two locked out (or striking) mill workers in the Ottawa region – specifically the MacLaren family pulp mill of Buckingham, Québec – was originally unearthed and told by renowned Québecois historian of the region Pierre Louis Lapointe in his ground-breaking 1983 work Buckingham, Ville occupée.
At the invitation of Solidarity Ottawa and the Ottawa Workers History Museum, Pierre Louis Lapointe has agreed to “relaunch” and present the story of Buckingham, Ville occupée at Mayworks 2018, 35 years after its original publication. The organizers are also using this event to announce the launch of a fundraising effort to support the translation into English of Pierre Louis Lapointe’s more recent and even more comprehensive book on this subject, published as La Vallée assiégée in 2006.
As a vital piece of our region’s working class history, it is crucially important that this work be made more widely available to the labour movement and the broader community, in English. The Bélanger-Thériault fund, named for the two workers assassinated by the MacLaren family’s privately-hired employer thugs, is hereby launched!
Light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be open for this event.
The presentation will be delivered in English, and questions will be encouraged in both English and French.