INVITATION: Join us for a Live Broadcast of the World War I Memorial First Colors Ceremony

This event next week may be of interest to some of our members.

Join us for a live broadcast of the inaugural raising of the flag of the United States of America over the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. featuring award-winning actor Gary Sinise.


Invitation to the First Colors Ceremony on April 16, 2021 at 10am Eastern

Take your shot—we did, says Gulf War vet

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Take your shot—we did, says Gulf War vet

Take your shot—we did, says Gulf War vet

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Gulf War veteran Paul Schutt has a message for Canadians in these pandemic times: Get your COVID-19 vaccine shots—if not for yourself, for your country.

As a private with Charles Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Schutt processed and guarded thousands of Iraqi prisoners during the 1991 Gulf War, all while facing the prospect of a biological or chemical attack.


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Sighted sub, sank same

Sighted sub, sank same

Story by Sharon Adams

The battlefields of Europe were thousands of kilometres away, but Newfoundland and Labrador were definitely in a war zone during the Second World War.

The Allies knew the strategic significance of Canada’s East Coast and the waters around Newfoundland, through which hundreds of convoys sailed to Britain and Russia carrying troops and millions of tonnes of food, war materiel and raw material.


CWT Vacations Virtual Cruise Show

You’re invited to attend CWT Vacations’ live virtual cruise show hosted by Celebrity Cruises. You’ll hear from the experts about new itineraries for 2022/2023, exclusive sailings for Legion members and learn about Celebrity’s amazing fleet of ships. The event is complimentary and we hope it will inspire you to start thinking about sailing again.


Date: Thursday, March 22, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm EST

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Insightful Biography | HBC’s Workforce | Military in Newfoundland | Reconciling the Indian Act

Note the item below related to Royal Newfoundland Companies in this month’s mailing about Canada’s History magazine.

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” — Henry Ward Beecher
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Riel in context

In the February-March 2020 issue of Canada’s History magazine, Jean Teillet, an Indigenous-rights lawyer and the great-grandniece of Louis Riel, writes about a book she calls “the most insightful biography of Louis Riel to date.”

Teillet says that in The Audacity of His Enterprise: Louis Riel and the Métis Nation That Canada Never Was, 1840–1875 Max Hamon offers a new understanding of the Métis leader. In particular, she says, Hamon provides context for Riel’s departure from his program of education and demonstrates the importance of his “extensive networking, particularly during the critical period of 1872–74.”

In the same issue, former Canadian Historical Association president Lyle Dick reviews The Rise and Fall of United Grain Growers: Cooperatives, Market Regulation, and Free Enterprise, by Paul D. Earl. “Earl traces the history of the Winnipeg-based cooperative grain marketing company from its origins in 1906 to its fall in a corporate takeover a hundred years later,” Dick writes.

Toronto teacher, writer, and editor Bill Moreau reviews Master and Servants: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Its North American Workforce, 1668–1786, by Scott P. Stephen. Moreau says Stephen argues that “HBC posts were really an extension of early modern Britain … and are best understood as microcosms of that strictly hierarchical society.”

Meanwhile, Governor General’s History Award-winning teacher Connie Wyatt Anderson considers two books about the meanings and impacts of the Indian Act for Indigenous peoples in Canada: 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality, by Bob Joseph, and Talking Back to the Indian Act: Critical Readings in Settler Colonial Histories, by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Keith D. Smith.

Wyatt Anderson says “the first step towards reconciliation is dispelling errors by filling the gaps in our knowledge that have been left by our history education” — and she finds that both books contribute to this objective. “Joseph approaches the task using a conversational tone, highlighting twenty-one restrictions imposed at some point by the Indian Act in its 144 years of existence, while Kelm and Smith provide a critical-thinking framework to analyze a collection of historical extracts pulled from or related to the Indian Act.”

Also in this issue, we look at books about the Sierra Club in British Columbia, African-Nova Scotian writer and activist Rose Fortune, a nineteenth-century murder in rural Canada, and New Brunswick’s wealthy Irving family.

As always, our book reviews can be found both in Canada’s History magazine and on our website.

Military impact

Recipients of the Reading Den are automatically entered to win one of three copies of The Invisibles: A History of the Royal Newfoundland Companies, by James E. Candow, courtesy of Breakwater Books. Candow looks at the role played by the British military in the nineteenth century as residents of the Newfoundland colony sought to control their own fate.

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  5. War: How Conflict Shaped Us
  6. The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire
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What the old tree has seen

In this fictional Kayak story, an ancient pine remembers. The story is based on one of the oldest trees in Canada, estimated to be over 3,000 years old. Read the story

Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

Please note: Some items featured in our newsletters and social media will include links to the Canada’s History Archive. The Beaver magazine was founded, and for decades was published, during eras shaped by colonialism. Concepts such as racial, cultural, or gender equality were rarely, if ever, considered by the magazine or its contributors. In earlier issues, readers will find comments and terms now considered to be derogatory. Canada’s History Society cautions readers to explore the archive using historical thinking concepts — not only analyzing the content but asking questions of who shaped the content and why.
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🍀 Happy hour for Canadians

Some announcements from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Ready for some St. Pat’s Day shenanigans?

Wondering about travel to Canada? Your chance TO GET YOUR BORDER QUESTIONS ANSWERED is happening this week.

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“Teaching & Learning WWI in 2021” WEBINAR VIDEO is posted

This recording may be of interest to some of our members or with any contacts our members may have in local schools.

Webinar poster: Strategies for teaching and learning about WWI in 2021
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The Webinar
is Posted for Viewing and Sharing:

An insightful hour for  EDUCATORS… and LEARNERS:
Held on Friday, February 26, 2021, 1pm EST

We assembled a group of educators from different parts of the US to explore issues of teaching WWI in the 2021 classroom and community environment, presented from a real-world practical perspective:

  • How teachers are adapting in teaching social studies, during the Pandemic
  • How do differing State standards affect strategies for teaching WWI
  • Practical approaches, best practices, and integration ideas when teaching WWI
  • Educational community engagement through WWI field explorations

We also reviewed some of the EdTech (Education Technology) tools created by the US World War I Centennial Commission and the Doughboy Foundation during and after the Centennial of WWI.

  • A WWI Education Resource Website on a USB drive for download
  • A 100-page electronic WWI Genealogy Research Guide
  • Smartphone Apps that bring the new National WWI Memorial into classrooms

The webinar is now posted and available for viewing and sharing by clicking the button below. This includes links to many resources and downloads, plus a bonus download:
“WWI History in 20-pages”.

View The Webinar

Brought to you by the Doughboy Foundation

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Funding for this webinar was provided by The Doughboy Foundation.

To support the continuation of our webinar series and other educational programming and resources, please click the button below.


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