Canadian history


Aboriginal History Month: essential, unknown

February is Black History Month. During February we reflect on the historical treatment of black people, who were taken from their homeland and carted across the Atlantic and, for those who survived the voyage, sold into slavery. That was just the beginning of the ill treatment of black people in North America, which continued well past the abolition of slavery and is still very much present today.

During Black History Month, we are encouraged to read books and watch movies that teach about the struggles that black people faced, and to reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments they have fought hard to achieve, such as the right to vote, access to education, and the desegregation of public spaces




Keeping our word

In recent weeks, Neil Young’s Honour the Treaties tour has brought much attention to the important issue of treaties and First Nations land rights in…



Plaid! Parkas! Patriotism!

Assume for a moment that there is such thing as a “Canadian identity.” I, perhaps naively, would like to imagine that it is complex, subtle…


Idiot or liar?

Our prime minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, addressed the leaders of the 20 richest nations on earth in Pittsburg on September 25. Reuters reported…