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  • Keith Halliday

Episode 20 - Sam Steele and the North-West Mounted Police

The Mountie is one of the iconic images of the Klondike Gold Rush, whether in red serge in Dawson or behind a dogsled on a rugged Yukon Patrol. We'll talk about the feats that made the reputation of the North-West Mounted Police in the Yukon, how Hollywood took their image and ran with it, as well as their complicated relationship with First Nations. We'll also get to know Sam Steele, the legendary NWMP leader during the Stampede and who some call the quintessential Canadian man of action in the Victorian era.

Photo: Sam Steele, Hegg & Co. Photographers, Dawson, Yukon, 1898. Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta (2008.

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