Canadian History;

Critics Feeling Left Out By 'The Story Of Us' Miss The Point

D.K. Latta | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Living
D.K. Latta

Any time someone pontificates about Canada, they're going to get it in the neck - from regionalists who get red faced when any region but their own gets a moment in the spotlight, from people who simply feel their agenda isn't being represented. But those decrying the series' omissions are missing its intent.

CBC's 'The Story Of Us' Forgot About Canadians Like Me

Rémi Francœur | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Rémi Francœur

Watching the CBC's 10-part television series Canada: The Story Of Us had me figuratively scratching my head. It left me flabbergasted and astounded. Critics have decried the series' anglo-centric slant on history. Respect should come from all sides, beginning with cordiality, recognition and representation.

CBC Apologizes After Critics Say It Got Canadian History Wrong

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada

"We fully recognize that not everyone will agree with every perspective presented."

Visiting Vimy Ridge Was A Humbling Experience

Jennifer Lavallee | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Travel
Jennifer Lavallee

We were welcomed by what I can only describe as peacefulness; only the sounds of rustling leaves and swaying trees could be heard even though the grounds were full of people. It was the polar opposite, I imagined, of what was going on in that same spot in April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Black Church Scrubs Name Of Halifax Founder Who Was Accused Of Genocide

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada

"Here's a church named after a man who attempted to exterminate another race of people of colour.''

Canada Should Rethink Praising This Tyrant From Its Colonial Past

Yves Engler | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Living
Yves Engler

Few are aware that a Montréaler played key role in expanding British colonial rule across Africa. Sir Édouard Percy Girouard rose to fame by helping Britain conquer Sudan.

Recognize That Black History Is Canadian History

Historica Canada | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Historica Canada

For too long, the achievements of our community were rarely listed in text books, showcased in film, or shared with a wide audience. Black Canadians have come to expect their stories to be ignored in Canadian history.

Emma Paling

Cree Artist Depicts The 'Alternate Facts' Canada Desperately Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada

“I wanted to reflect on the last 150 years. What has it meant to indigenous people?”

Indigenous People Are Not The 'Ghosts Of History'

Len Flett | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Len Flett

Canadian indigenous people have been described as "ghosts of history," spectres lingering in the background, haunting our legacy. This refers to the fact that indigenous people have been ignored to a great extent in Canadian history, yet Canadians are fully aware that indigenous people were here long before the arrival of the Europeans.

The Vimy Foundation Brings The First World War To Life With Colour

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeremy Diamond

As is often said, a photo can be worth a thousand words. The Vimy Foundation is working to help bring a human face to Canada's First World War history. In honour of Remembrance Week.... the Vimy Foundation is launching a unique and innovative project to colourize rarely seen images of the First World War, a project aimed at reengaging young Canadians on defining moments in our history.

South Africa Renews Canadian Ties With Fort McMurray Aid

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Alberta
Rachel Décoste

The deployment of wildland fire fighters to Fort McMurray is the biggest foreign deployment ever for South Africa (save armed forces' deployments). The South African PR machine casts the aid as "repaying a debt to the Canadian people for their support for the anti-apartheid struggle." It's an interesting re-interpretation considering Canada's weak anti-apartheid record and deteriorating diplomatic relationships with South Africa.

Meet Canada's Donald Trump: PM Robert Borden

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Décoste

As Canadians look down upon the severe tone of the Republican primary season, they might console themselves by saying: "We would never resort to that kind of hateful dialogue, and it would never work here -- in the multicultural haven that is Canada." Prime Minister Robert Borden might prove them wrong.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier And Canada's Sunny And Not So Sunny Ways

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

From the late 19th century on, Laurier's sunny ways emerged as a euphemism for finding the political middle ground or compromise when addressing complex issues. The specific compromise in question was on the thorny issue of Catholic and French language education in Manitoba.

Remembering The Creator Of Modern Gossip Journalism

Will Straw, PhD | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Will Straw, PhD

No one will be celebrating this, but 2016 marks the hundredth birthday of one of the most vicious show business gossip magazines ever published, edited by a Canadian named Stephen G. Clow. On his death, the US newspaper columnist Westbook Pegler called him "the originator of Saloon journalism." His colourful life can be used as a direct origin for the modern state of tabloid and celebrity journalism. So why don't more people know his story?

'In Flanders Fields' Connects Young Canadians With History

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jeremy Diamond

In a country that traditionally does not know its own history, young people are often identified as the main offenders. But this poem is different. It represents something that is ours. Written by a Canadian, learned by Canadians and recited by Canadians. The Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields.

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

What Makes Canadians Proud? The Answer May Surprise You

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Living

The national statistical agency says 87 per cent of respondents to the 2013 General Social Survey said they're proud to be Canadian.

Sharing Canadian History With The World, One Cartoon At A Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living

Who knew our most popular Canadian was a dinosaur?

Veteran Quebec Photographer Loses Up To 50,000 Images In Burglary

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada

Jacques Nadeau says they reflect nearly 40 years of history, including shots of Rene Levesque, Jacques Parizeau and Maurice Richard

A Sneak Peak Into The New Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Vacay.ca | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

Dubbed "the world's most impressive human rights museum" by some, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens to the public on September 27. Here's a sneak peak at what to expect.

How the Harper Government Manipulates Canadian History

Stéphane Dion | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

We must pay tribute to the courage and sacrifices of our soldiers, past and present, and highlight their essential contribution to peace and democracy. But we must also highlight the other remarkable aspects of Canadian history. The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is almost here and its preparations are lagging. Mr Harper and his Heritage minister, Shelly Glover, seem unable to give the celebration a clear focus. There is room for concern that once again, they will be content with showcasing Canada's military feats and refuse to acknowledge everything else that has made our nation a source of hope and envy in the world.

This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Décoste

In the social context of Canada before the Quiet Revolution (1950s), before Viola Desmond's act of defiance (1946), before Rosa Parks triggered the United States' Civil Rights Movement (1955), Fred Christie stood up to institutional discrimination. A decade before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1947), Fred Christie exhibited unimaginable courage and perseverance in asserting his civil rights. Though the judicial process did not deliver the desired result, Fred Christie remains a key instigator in Canada's journey towards the establishment of universal rights.

Komagata Maru Reminds Us How Lonely It Can Get When We Stop Letting Others In

Aarondeep Bains | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Aarondeep Bains

When I see the photo of the Sikhs on the decks of the Komagata Maru, I think of the ones trying so desperately to pry that door open on land. The ones who raised money that they did not have for legal fees, and who rowed out to feed the men aboard with food they scarcely earned. Their story, and reasons for helping those barred from entry is as old as our nation itself.

100 Years Later, Racist Chapter Still Unknown By Many

CBC | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Descendants of two B.C. residents, who were on opposite sides of the Komagata Maru story, are sharing their reflections today on the 100th anniversar...

The Monarchy Debate Is Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

Johanu Botha | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

The question Canadians should ask as they continue to debate the monarchy in this country is: how to square the institutional benefits of a non-partisan Head of State with the monarchy's obvious democratic deficit?