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A Day for Laurier

Few Canadians may be aware of it, but Laurier, like Sir John A. Macdonald, has a special day named after him.  

Open Book: Finding Franklin

An excerpt from Russell A. Potter’s new book about the search for the explorer’s lost ships.

Roots: Origin Stories

DNA testing seems like the key to unlocking your family's ethnic history. But is it really?

Scooping the War

For the cameramen of the Second World War, half the battle was about making their film the first to hit the newsreels.  

Bows and Arrows

The Indigenous hunters of the Plains were skilled archers on horseback, and their expertise has become one of the prevailing images of the Old West.  

Selling the Prairie Good Life

A century ago Canada West magazine beat the drums for immigrants to fill the vast unbroken prairie. But those drums beat louder in some places than others.

The Roma in Peterborough

When sixty “gypsies” set up camp on an extension of George Street in Peterborough, Ontario, in the early summer of 1909, they caused a sensation.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Canada's Jews

In the annals of Canadian Jewish history, it is well known that Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier is alleged to have promised part of Manitoba to the Jews as a place where they might be granted “a measure of self-government.”

The Lessons of the Anti-Asiatic Riot

In 1907, an anti-immigration rally explodes into violence and vandalism in Vancouver's Chinatown and Japantown.

The Many Faces of the French Fact

French Canadian, a term rooted in common ancestry, religion, and language, gave way to Québécois, one based on territory and language. No longer did one have to be Catholic or French Canadian to embrace the new identity.

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