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Canada’s contributions to the world

Note the items related to the Korean War, first aid during World War I, the Cold War and Pugwash, and the conflict in Afghanistan in this newsletter.


Plus: Hope Amid the Ruins, Peace in Pugwash and First Aid
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Charles Best (left) and Frederick Banting (right).

Made in Canada — Insulin

Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Bertram Collip perfected the extraction of insulin leading to a treatment for people with diabetes. Watch now

Canadian light infantry on board a ship for Korea.

Korea: 1951

It is known as the “Forgotten War,” but Canada’s role in Korea should be anything but forgotten. Read more

Canadian Joe Boyle with the Queen and Princess of Romania.

First Aid

Old-fashioned chivalry drove one Canadian’s heroic efforts to help Romania after the First World War. Originally published in February 2012Read more

Group photo with participants of the Pugwash conference.

Pugwash Gives Peace a Chance

Visitors to the small village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, might not imagine that in the midst of the Cold War it played host to one of the most important scientific conferences of the era. Originally published in October 2007Read more

Writer Matthew Fisher in Afghanistan.

Hope Amid the Ruins

A veteran foreign correspondant in Afghanistan reports on Canada’s role in rebuilding the war-torn nation. Originally published in April 2012Read more

Emmanuel Jal, left, with Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (retired).

Marching Orders

By Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (retired): Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of true statesmanship and forward-thinking leadership to which we could commit ourselves as a country would be taking on the reform of the United Nations. 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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After Victory and into the Cold War

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75 years since the end of the Second World War
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Boy reaches for his father's hand as he marches in a line of soldiers.

On All Fronts

From the home front to the front lines, Canadians everywhere did their bit to help the Allies win the Second World War. Read more

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Playing card with plane diagram.

All Hands on Decks

Playing cards helped Second World War flight crews to recognize airborne friends from foes. Read more

After Victory: The Legacy of the Necessary War

The Second World War led to fundamental changes to Canada, ushering in a new country forged by a generation’s service and sacrifice. Read more

Dawn Martens: 2020 Finalist for Governor General’s Award

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Dawn Martens led students in studying and performing Hans Krása’s opera BrundibarListen now

Svetlana and Evy Gouzenko, both at the age of 24.

Gouzenko Deciphered

Warm memories of a Cold War family with Evy Wilson, the daughter of Igor and Svetlana Gouzenko. In this interview she discusses her parents’ histories, courage, and impact on the 75th anniversary of their defection and escape. Listen now

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A Grateful Nation | The Automatic Spy | Attack on Bell Island

Note that there are several wartime items in this issue of Canada’s History.


Seventy-five years since the Battle of the Atlantic and VE Day
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Dutch citizens celebrate liberation with a Canadian soldier.

A Grateful Nation

Seventy-five years after the Second World War, the Dutch are determined to keep alive the legacy of their Canadian liberators. Read more

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Attack on Bell Island

The war strikes home. On Bell Island in the fall of 1942, the night explodes as German submarines attack. Read more

People hold up rubble caused by a torpedo being fired.

Attack on Bell Island Podcast

Listen to Bell Island, Newfoundland’s fascinating wartime history as a target of German U-boats in this podcast with Teresita McCarthy, the Bell Island Mine Museum manager. Listen now

Two-page spread of illustration of submarine identifying various parts.

Canada’s Sub Killer

This naval commander was not content simply to avoid German submarines. He was determined to destroy them. Read more

German U-boat rises breaks through the ocean surface.

The Automatic Spy

An unusual German contraption served as weatherman on North American soil during the Second World War. In the 1980s, its rusty remains were found on the coast of Labrador. Read more

Curating Difficult History

A May 6 webinar will present how the the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s collections of objects and testimonies are carefully curated to highlight the compelling stories it preserves. Museum curator Andréa Shaulis will discuss what choices were made when developing the museum’s Objects of Interest webpage and how these artifacts illustrate the museum’s preservation work. Register now

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Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

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New Digital Resources for At-Home Learning

A couple of historical war items in this resource.


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Canada and the Second World War

From farms to factories to fighting, the Second World War touched Canadians in many ways. Learn more about Canada and the Second World War in the latest issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

Bonus: Many of the articles in Kayak are digitized so you can share them with students at home. See what’s in the April 2020 issue

Attack on Bell Island

Although Newfoundland wasn’t part of Canada yet, it was definitely part of the war — we imagined what it might have been like when German submarines torpedoed the harbour on Bell Island in 1942. Read more

‘Bomb Girls’: Defense Industries Limited and the Home Front

In this lesson, students will be asked to collect data about the role, impact and experiences of the women known as the ‘Bomb Girls’. Learn more

As Memory Fades

In this activity, students will learn more about their family’s connection to the Second World War and consider how memories of the war change with different perspectives. Learn more

Significant Events in Canadian History Survey

Do you teach Canadian history in Canadian K-12 schools? You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Significant Events in Canadian History.” Learn more

Virtual Heritage Fair

At Canada’s History, we have been talking a lot about how we can support Heritage Fair students while schools are closed and fairs are cancelled. We know many students have already started or finished their projects, and we want to encourage their work by providing an opportunity for them to still share their research.

As such, we are launching a Virtual Heritage Fair! From April 15 to May 1, we will showcase the Heritage Fair projects from participating students on our new Instagram account: @heritagefairs_fetespatrimoine

We invite you to check out the contest details, share the news of this program with your students, and encourage them to submit a Virtual Heritage Fair project.
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VEDay75 – Commemorate Canada’s Finest Hour Digitally!

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Servicemen and townfolk jubilantly walking along the street.
May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary
of the Victory in Europe.

Seventy-five years ago, three young Canadians were in Holland when World War Two ended …

Mona Louise Parsons
An actress, a nurse, and a member of the Dutch Resistance, Mona Louise Parsons of Middleton, Nova Scotia was imprisoned and became one of the first and only woman to be tried by a National Socialist tribunal in Holland. Sentenced to death, she escaped …
Charles “Charlie” Byce grew up the son of a First World War hero and a woman from the Cree First Nations. He survived the residential school system and fought for Canada in World War Two with bravery. He risked his life many times to ensure the safety of his men earning a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal, but …
Philip Pochailo
Born in Rainy River, Ontario, Philip Pochailo was 21 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was shot down over the Netherlands, hidden by many Dutch families and members of the Resistance, only to …
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REST OF THEIR STORIES?

This year, Defining Moments Canada returns with an exciting digital commemoration for VEDay – VEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands!

Learn about these three iconic Canadians, plus the inspiring stories of many more Canadian Veterans from 11 months of battle — July 1944 to May 1945 — along the ‘road’ to liberating the Netherlands through occupied Europe.

Complete with four original lesson plans, innovative digital story-maps and tools from Project44.ca, dozens of rarely-seen imagesmapsletters and war diariesVEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands is an entirely bilingual project that engages students (ages 12-18) in digital curation and interactive mapping skills.

Start your class commemoration May 1, 2020 at DefiningMomentsCanada.ca

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