In a powerful book published in 1998, Professor Jack Granatstein fiercely demanded, "Who Killed Canadian History?" The question is all too easy to answer. The professional historians killed it. The good news is that the amateurs at the Dorchester Review may yet save it.
The longer you've been in the country, the less confident you may be about your knowledge of Canada's past. That’s according
The War of 1812 presentation is a painless history lesson that changed the direction of both Canada and the U.S -- and was completely unnecessary. As one soldier of 1812 laments, it pitted people of the same background against one another. For what? No one is sure.
Don't feel guilty if you couldn't pass the silly Canadian history trivia tests that ran in most of the country's newspapers recently. A lot of people in governments, universities and publishing companies make good salaries working with Canadian history every day don't care much about it, either.
Only now are we starting to address the damage done by the colonization which refused to acknowledge the rights and respect the culture of the First Peoples of Canada. We have much more work to do. We have to admit the racism and prejudice that exists and fight it every day in our lives.
I grew up across the border in Buffalo, New York. Some joke that Buffalo is part Canadian. There's some truth there, but my affection for Canada goes a bit beyond the occasional trip.