Manitoulin Incident is the first publication of the popular play by
renowned Indigenous playwright Alanis King. Set on Manitoulin
Island on Lake Huron, the play spans the stormy decades of the
mid-19th century where title to the region was hotly debated
between French, English and Ojibwe. Tensions grew over these
years and finally culminated in what is known as “The Manitoulin
Incident”, where armed government officials landed ashore to
assert claims to the land through summons and expulsions. The
resultant conflict and loss of life sent tremors across the country.
Alanis King’s extraordinary play sheds light on one of North
America’s most pivotal convergent points between Native, English
and French interests, and provides better understanding of the
often-forgotten events that have since shaped North America.