Monday, May 26, 2014

Canadian Week in Review 26 May 2014

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


The Battle of the Atlantic
The battle of the Atlantic is called “A century of sacrifice at sea”, and it was the longest and largest battle ever fought during the Second World War.

Events in History

In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier left St-Malo on his second voyage to Canada
This virtual website of the voyages of Jacques Cartier brings the details of his trips to Canada alive.

From the first solo flight of Charles A. Lindbergh on May 8, 1927 to Paris—to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic to Northern Ireland in May 21, 1932—they both made their last North American stop in Newfoundland.

And why did they stop in Newfoundland? Because it was the closest landmass to Europe where they could stop and refuel the plane for the trip.

Read about Lindberg’s flight at

Read about Earhart’s flight at

Newspaper Articles

Derksen drops plan to turn Dalnavert Museum into Candace House
The long and contentious fight to rename the Dalnavert House and turn it into a home for victims of crime and their families has ended with the house to remain a museum.

Canadian province apologizes for historical wrongs against Chinese immigrants
The province of British Columbia has officially apologized to the Chinese government for “historical wrongs against Chinese immigrants”. Although the Canadian government apologized in 2006, British Columbia is the first province to do so.

Museum mixup: War museum plans fall under 'Museum of History' mantle
In case you did not understand the role of the two museums in the 150th celebration of the birth of Canada—the Canadian War Museum, and the Canadian Museum of History—has been explained in Parliament! The Canadian War Museum will concern itself with the wars that Canada has been involved with, and the Canadian Museum of History will concern itself with everything else!

Museum is commemorating military milestones
Here is how the Canadian War Museum is commemorating Canadian military over the next few years.

Library and Archives Canada Acquires Important Artwork and Maps Related to Rupert's Land
The LAC now has maps of Rupert's Land which was originally owned by the Hudson's Bay Company and included most of the western prairies and parts of what are now northern Quebec, northern Ontario, and Nunavut. The land was sold to the Government of Canada in 1869 for $1.5 million.

To read about Rupert’s Land, go to's_Land

D-Day: Help Canadians mark the 70th anniversary of June 6, 1944
On June 6, 1944, more than 24,000 Canadians took part in D-Day, the first step in liberating Europe from Nazi Germany and the beginning of the end of the Second World War.

Prince Charles, Camilla reflect on Canada’s history, achievements on second day of tour
Charles commented on Canada’s contribution of so many soldiers, sailors and airmen to the liberation of Europe as the 75th anniversary of the start of the war approaches, calling it “an extraordinary contribution” from a country with a small population.

Web documentary sheds light on Inuit relocation in Arctic Canada
A documentary website called "Iqqaumavara" (“I remember” in Inuttitut), the project is a co-production from the National Film Board of Canada and Makivik Corp., the Inuit land-claims organization in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Their Facebook page is at

To read more about the forced relocation, read

Statement by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of International Museum Day
Minister Glover said that “As we head toward Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, I encourage all Canadians to visit museums, to learn from them, and to reconnect with their history.”

Seeking a history I never knew
Learn the history behind the non-landing of Indian immigrants from a ship, the Komagata Maru in Port Alberni, British Columbia in 1914, and the way it was never covered in Canadian history until now.

There is now a website at, and a Facebook page at

Electronic Library Up And Running For Canadian National Parks
You can now go to the website and read electronic editions of publications with the aim of showcasing the rich history of the Canadian National Park System.

An oral history of the Newfoundland seal hunt
Read a column on The Last of the Ice Hunters: An Oral History of the Newfoundland Seal Hunt.

Kids aged 12, 13 go on rampage in Kemptville cemetery
Three teenagers will have to pay by doing community service after they damaged 17 headstones in a cemetery near Kemptvillt (near Ottawa) last week.

Heritage Village to celebrate black history with new cabin
Essex County’s Heritage Village is adding a replica of the residence of Esther Malawice Banks, who was—according to family lore—the daughter of Major General Sir Isaac Brock and his cook, Almania Malawice.

Celebrating Chilliwack's Unique Agricultural Heritage: Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl Announces Funding for the Chilliwack Fair
The Chilliwack Fair is the second oldest fair in British Columbia, and their website is at

Author sharing family history
Lorraine Lohr Cathro is bringing to life more than 60 years of family history in a collection of short stories she hopes will captivate Alberta readers.

The Alberta Railway Museum in Edmonton opens doors again for the summer
The Alberta Railway Museum held an unofficial grand reopening over the long weekend in May inviting the public to view the outdoor displays mainly focus on Canadian National Railway and Northern Alberta Railway equipment and vehicles.

Exhibit captures dark part of our history
There is a travelling exhibit travelling Ontario this summer that has been put together by Toronto’s Columbus Centre called Ordinary Canadians, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences during World War II, and this weekend it will be at the Anderson Farm Museum, Sudbury.

The exhibit is about some 31,000 Italian Canadians that were designated enemy aliens by the Canadian government, and approximately 600 of these individuals were sent to internment camps, like Camp 33 in Petawawa, Ottawa during the Second World War.

Story of the Week

Aboriginal Awareness Week

Aboriginal Awareness Week was started in 1999 “to provide national leadership and support within Parks Canada on matters relating to Aboriginal peoples and to facilitate the strengthening of relationships with Aboriginal Peoples”.

Canada recognizes three distinct people are they are the First Nations people, the Inuit and the Métis, and according to Statistic Canada, there are a total of 1,172,790 people who identify as Aboriginal.

Aboriginal Awareness Week was held the third week in May, and in June, there will be National Aboriginal History Month, and a National Aboriginal Day to be held on June 21st.
There is a video called Working Together: Our Stories at

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The next post will be on June 2, 2014.