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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 29, 2017

A man wearing 1960s clothing stands outside in a snow landscape. He is holding a small bird in each hand. He gazes down at them with a bemused expression.

Mike Eaton standing in the snow with a bird in each hand. Shilly Shally Lodge, Gatineau Park. November 1961. Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada, No. R12438

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 22, 2017

Depicts black cat and broomstick in a large circle , with two carved pumpkins on each side of circle. Greeting: " A Merry Hallowe'en. For Ways that are dark and tricks that are vain. Watch out!" Inscription underneath the black cat is : "Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre 1909."

” A Merry Hallowe’en. For Ways that are dark and tricks that are vain. Watch out!” 1910. Postcard. Toronto Reference Library. Arts department. ARTS-PC-102. Public Domain

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 15, 2017

A house being floated from Silver Fox Island, Bonavista Bay, to Dover, Newfoundland. A crowd of bystanders watch as it floats off into the distance.

A house being floated from Silver Fox Island, Bonavista Bay, to Dover, Newfoundland. 1961. B. Brooks. National Film Board of Canada. Still Photography Division. Library and Archives Canada, e010975948. CC BY 2.0.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of October 8, 2017

A woman wearing warm clothing, leans against a tree. She looks off into the distance, surveying a forest in the foreground and the Rocky Mountains in the background. The photo was taken in Banff National Park.

Gibbons, W. “Woman admiring autumn scene, Banff National Park, Alberta.” 1951. National Film Board of Canada. Library and Archives Canada. 4292835. Copyright expired.

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of September 17, 2017

 

A First Nations woman in a flower dress stands outside in a field near the ocean. She is standing at a wooden table, in the process of hand-canning salmon.

Woman canning salmon outdoors. 1947. National Film Board of Canada. Phototheque / Library and Archives Canada / e010948781. Copyright expired. This photograph was probably taken during the production of the National Film Board of Canada’s documentary “Peoples of the Skeena,” which was filmed in 1947 and released in 1949. The caption of this record has not yet been revised through Project Naming.

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of September 10, 2017

Image of a man and a woman standing at a well. They are dressed in an 18th century style, and are supposed to represent characters from the poem Evangeline. This is a travel poster advertising a trip to Nova Scotia via Canadian Pacific.

Canadian Pacific Railway Company. 1920. “Spend Your Vacation in the Land of Evangeline.” Posters. Chung Oversize and Graphic Materials. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0216284.

 

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Film Favourites: Recommended Films on Canadian History

Film posters for The War of 1812, Been There Won that; Forbidden Love; Action.

Let’s face it, our favourite classes are the ones with movies. If you’re around my age, you remember being excited by the sound of squeaky wheels and rattling, since it usually meant you were watching a movie in class. The same is still true in university, whether you are a student, a TA, or a professor. However, it can be hard to find good films to show in classrooms that are engaging for students, but also historically accurate. A couple of months ago, there was a fascinating discussion on Eryk Martin’s Facebook timeline about recommended films for teaching pre-Confederation Canadian history. So, inspired by that discussion, and with his permission, I have put together a list of recommended films for teaching Canadian history.

This list is broken down into two parts: my personal recommendations, and recommendations from fellow history professors. I would especially like to thank Stephanie Pettigrew, Donica Belisle, Carmen Nielson, Matthew Hayday, Ian Mosby, Adele Perry, Jenny Ellison, Janis Thiessen, Kesia Kvill, Sarah Dowling, and Liz Huntingford for their fantastic suggestions. Also, I have roughly organized the films and videos chronologically. In my recommendations, I have further divided the films and videos from each other, and included some additional ones I would like to show in class, but haven’t yet.

A couple of important notes or warnings: please make sure that when you are showing a feature film in a classroom that you have the appropriate license to do so. In other words, make sure the copy of the film you are screening has been approved for classroom or public screenings. If you are using the film through your institution’s library, you should be fine, but it’s always good to check. Second, as a recent discussion on Twitter initiated by Tina Adcock has shown, content/trigger warnings are important. I have listed the ones that I think are relevant below, but always use caution when screening films to avoid doing harm to your students.

Also, my husband wanted to name this blog post “Class-y” films, but my better sense vetoed. 😉

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of August 20, August 27, and September 3, 2017

Hostesses from different countries posing for a group photo at Expo 67

Hostesses from different countries posing for a group photo at Expo 67. Library and Archives Canada, e000990931. CC BY 2.0

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Reflections on the Second Edition of A National Crime

Cover of the 2017 edition of A National Crime

Thanks to Maddie Knickerbocker, Leah Wiener, Sean Carleton, Stephanie Pettrigew, and, especially, Melissa Shaw for their help with this post. And special thanks to Ariel Gordon at the University of Manitoba Press for giving me the opportunity to review this book!*

 

Several months ago, when the University of Manitoba Press asked me to review the most recent edition of John S. Milloy’s A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879 to 1986, I was initially hesitant. Not only am I not a specialist in this field, but I kept wondering whether or not we needed another settler review of a book by a settler historian about Indigenous history in Canada. The jury is still out, but, after I finished reading the book, I do have some thoughts I’d like to share.

A quick caveat. This will not be a traditional book review. I may have literally written a guide to doing them, but since this book is nearly 20 years old and has already been reviewed numerous times, what follows is more of a meditation upon reading this book.

 

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Canadian History Roundup – Week of July 9, 2017

Canadian history roundup July 9, 2017

Family enjoying a meal at the beach, seated around a fire, British Columbia. Photo by Gar Lunney, 1969. National Film Board of Canada. Library and Archives Canada. 4301659 Copyright expired.

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