Monday, June 24, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 24 June 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, blogs, Facebook pages, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


No new websites this week.


No new Blogs this week

Facebook- YouTube – Video

Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society This Facebook page is very good. There is nothing fancy about it, but there is a timeline of history on it, meetings that are held in Ottawa at the OGS are also on it, and news about Canadian genealogy.  


Historic canoe route recreated on St. John River New Brunswick couple are paddling the 460-kilometre route of the St. John River to recreate a historically important waterway.

It was the route travelled by generations of the Maliseet and Mi`kmaq, and the French and British also relied on it to travel from an area near the St. Lawrence River in Quebec to the Bay of Fundy. It later became called the Grand Communication Route, which was used before it was surpassed by rail and the car.

Weekend in Honour of Veterans of the Korean War launched at the Canadian War Museum
Korea 60 is an exhibit of a selection of photographs “that depict Canada's role in the war and subsequent ceasefire, and illustrate the conflict's enduring legacy”. Many of these are personal photographs taken by Canadian soldiers. The exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2014 at the Museum of War in Ottawa.

UNESCO defers decision on heritage bid for Manitoba-Ontario forest Although UNESCO did recognize the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Labrador, it deferred it’s decision on the Boreal forest because it still has unanswered questions about whether “the area is unique enough to warrant a designation as a world heritage site”.

To read more about the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Labrador, read the article that the CBC has at

The Bell of Batoche is coming home! It has been stolen from Manitoba after the defeat by the  Northwest Rebellion in 1885 and displayed at the Legion hall in Millbrook, Ont. until it was stolen again in 1991. It is going to be displayed Saturday, July 20, during the Back to Batoche celebrations.

NS diocese concerned heritage status could affect sale of church A Roman Catholic diocese in Nova Scotia is concerned that one of its churches which may be listed for sale, may be designated a municipal heritage property.  The church is St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Lingan and it was one of the oldest churches in Nova Scotia, having been built in 1723.

Story of the Week

Canada History Week

With Canada in the midst of the 1921 Canada Census debacle last week, the government has decided to “mark the launch of Canada History Week, which will run every year from July 1 to 7. Canada History Week is an opportunity to reflect on our great country, learn about our history, explore a museum, visit one of our national historic sites, or join in a local event that celebrates the history of your community.

Our history is full of exciting people, places, and events. For example, in 2013 we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first major Canadian scientific expedition to the Arctic. The Canadian Arctic Expedition's groundbreaking work contributed to Canada's scientific, social, and cultural knowledge of the Arctic, deepening our understanding of each other and unifying our country”.

This is according to the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages who announced this on June 11th, and it will include

•A Canada History Fund will connect youth to their history through the first ever Government of Canada History Awards, which will honour outstanding students and teachers who show an interest in celebrating Canadian history. The awards will be administered by Canada’s History, an independent national organization with a mandate to make our nation’s past relevant and accessible to all Canadians.

•The Harper Government will partner with the Historica-Dominion Institute to create two new Heritage Minutes per year between now and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

•Existing programs at Canadian Heritage will be strengthened to improve access to funding for local organizations that wish to promote Canadian history in their communities, including local museums and youth groups.

•Starting in 2013, July 1 to 7 will become Canada History Week, an opportunity for Canadians from coast to coast to coast to get actively involved in learning about our country’s history.

The next Canadian Week in Review will be issued Monday July 08, 2013.  There won’t be one for Monday July 1st, because it will be Canada Day.