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Feminists on the Homefront | Brushes with Climate Change

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Weekly Ritual | Basketball’s Best | Quilt
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Feminists on the Homefront

Post-war women went to work. They won the vote. Then the movement stalled. Read more

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Quilt

This quilt was handmade for a historian working for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Read more

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Brushes with Climate Change

Rockies Repeat project explores the intersection between conservation, art, history, and culture. Read more

A photo of a pavilion from Expo 67.

Montreal’s Designing Women

In the 1960s, Montreal was a Modern architectural showcase. From Place Ville Marie to Place Bonaventure to Expo 67, the city reverberated with the construction of new and remarkable buildings. Read more

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Basketball’s Best

It started with a high school girls’ basketball team in Edmonton, and ended with one of the best winning records ever. Read more

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Washday: The Weekly Ritual

For generations, society has historically expected women to not only do the laundry — but to do it well. Read more

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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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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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Jonrahdesgó:wah

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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

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Cold War Tech | Gouzenko Deciphered | Shooting Arrows

Some interesting military history this issue of Canada’s History.


Plus: The Cold Warriors, Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Cold War Tech and Its Discontents

The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line was a radar defense network in Canada’s Arctic. It was a Cold War engineering marvel, but it had terrible effects on the land and Inuit communities. Listen now

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Gouzenko Deciphered Part 2

An expert Cold War historian provides us with a peek behind the Iron Curtain. This is the second part in a podcast series featuring interviews with the daughter of a Russian spy and an author of several books related to Soviet history. Listen now

Graphic of Igor Gouzenko showing his book to an actress.

It’s War. It’s War. It’s Russia

Russian defector Igor Gouzenko’s chilling warning of a Soviet spy ring in Ottawa sent shock waves through Canada and the West. Read more

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The Cold Warriors

In the 1970s, Canada’s fighter aircrews fought secret war games to prepare for the unthinkable: a Soviet nuclear assault on North America. Originally published in February 2009Read more

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June 29, 1974: Mikhail Baryshnikov Defects

While touring Canada with the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad, Mikhail Baryshnikov defected, becoming a member of the National Ballet of Canada for a short time. Originally published in June 2006Read more

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Shooting Arrows

How Avro’s film department captured — and rescued — a priceless aviation archive. Read more

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The Vimy Pilgrimage Award

For the next three weeks, students 14 through 17 years of age can apply for the 2021 Vimy Pilgrimage Award.

This award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteer work through positive contributions, notable deeds, or bravery that benefits their peers, school, community, province, or country.

More information on terms and conditions can be found on our website.

Deadline: February 15, 2021

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Study Abroad

The award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. The program features daily visits to important First World War sites including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields.

Learn more about the itinerary.

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Apply Online Now!

Applicants are required to submit an essay describing their volunteer work; an essay on the 1918-1919 Flu pandemic; a motivation letter; a resume and a reference letter. A total of 20 students will be selected for the 2021 program.

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Creative Canadian history to help while away the time

Note the item about this “Christmas Truce” that is available below in this month’s Canada’s History magazine.


Stories for the young (and the young at heart)
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Good Meal, Fair Deal

The Harlem Chicken Inn serves kindness. Read more

The Christmas Truce

A young boy named Justin finds a letter and learns about the Christmas truce of 1914. Read more

A Gift from the Past

A young boy in the 1930s has trouble deciding what to give his family for Christmas. Read more

Dreams of Home

It is only after two children invite a sailor and soldier for Christmas dinner that they understand what makes a home. Read more

Del’s Truck

Del loved his truck and liked to let other people use it. Until the day when a newcomer scooped it out from under his nose. Read more

Reading lists for everyone!

In case you missed them, in OctoberNovember, and December we released reading lists featuring recent historical fiction and creative writing with a Canadian history backdrop.

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