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Arrival of first European family aboard the riverboat Quesnel in 1910
Arrival of first European family aboard the riverboat Quesnel in 1910

Children when Prince George was young

In the early 1900s, being young was different than it is today in the middle of British Columbia. Towns were so new, that homes were built with wood from trees chopped down where the streets were to go.

Children had lived in the area for thousands of years, of course, but little is known of the lives of First Nations and metis children before the 1900s.

However, as researcher Catherine Cole wrote, "There were few businesses in the fledgling town site and Fort George was little more than a Hudson's Bay Company store and an Indian village of 100 men, women and children. The first white women and children arrived via paddle steamer from Quesnel in 1910."

Here's what it was like in the words of the people of the time.

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