Monday, June 1, 2015

Canadian Week in Review (CWR) - 01 June 2015

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.

This Week in Canadian History

In 1887, the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was opened for public traffic. Trains had been running from Montreal to Vancouver for a year, but passengers now could ride all the way on 4,700 kilometres of CPR track.

To read more about the CPR, go to

In 1906, the city of Saskatoon was incorporated.

The city was started in 1882, when the Toronto-based Temperance Colonization Society was granted 21 sections of land on both sides of the South Saskatchewan River, between what is now Warman and Dundurn.

The people wanted to set up a "dry" community in the Prairies.

To read more about Saskatoon, see

In 1919, actor Jay Silverheels was born Harold J. Smith on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. Silverheels, who was also a star boxer and lacrosse player, is best known as The Lone Ranger's sidekick, "Tonto," on television and in movies during the 1950s.

He died on March 5, 1980.

To read more about Jay Silverheels, go to

"Lone Ranger and Tonto 1956" by ABC Television. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Social Media

(Video) Old ambulances roll back into action for salute to Alberta paramedics
A Calgary collector is showing off his old ambulances as part of National Paramedic Services Week, which was held May 24 to May 30.
   Dr. Tim Prieur has six of the vintage vehicles dating back to 1952 — all still in working order.

(Video) Assumption Church named a Top 10 endangered place in Canada
It is the most recent structural incarnation of what started as a Jesuit mission on the southern shores of the Detroit River in 1747, on land donated by the Hurons. It is the oldest parish in Canada west of Montreal — and the forerunner of Assumption College, which became the University of Windsor.

(Video ) Singer Ian Tyson gets personal in Heritage Canada project on WW1
Ian Tyson was the perfect candidate for a Heritage Canada project to pair iconic songs and military bands to honour Canada's First World War history.

(Video)Perkins House in Liverpool closed indefinitely after 249 years
Nova Scotia has closed the province's oldest museum indefinitely because of structural problems and museum officials are worried about its fate because a cash-strapped government has yet to commit to fix it.


Nova Scotia

Courcelette sacrifice: Nova Scotia’s first unit in action 25th Battalion played significant role in this key Allied operation during the First World War.

Prince Edward Island

Churches not eligible for community infrastructure fund
A national heritage group is disappointed some churches are not eligible for money under the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which is designed to help fix up community facilities across the country.

Rustico's Belcourt Centre makes top 10 endangered list
The Belcourt Centre in Rustico on P.E.I.'s North Shore has been listed by the National Trust as one of the top 10 endangered heritage buildings in Canada.


Quebec premier invites Pope Francis to Montreal for city's 375th birthday
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard met briefly with Pope Francis on Wednesday and invited the pontiff to Montreal to attend the city's 375th-anniversary celebrations in 2017.


The Amateur Genealogist: The importance of searching original records
One of the remarkable features of beginning genealogists is their startling reliance on data on the web.

Researchers hope public can shed light on Franklin Expedition
The discovery of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition has left much unanswered, researchers say, and they’re hoping the public and students can help solve the mystery.

70 years of tulips: Netherlands' King, Queen make first state visit to Canada
The Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrived in Ottawa Wednesday to kick off a three-day state visit to Canada. The trip is another gesture of goodwill between the two countries that have been close friends since the Second World War.


Manitoba Day was heartily celebrated
The Province of Manitoba was created on May 12, 1870, when the Manitoba Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada and received royal assent. The act was subsequently proclaimed on July 15, 1870 when Manitoba entered into Confederation and became Canada’s fifth province.


Alberta bridge among endangered historic sites
East Coulee resident's in Alberta don’t want to see their bridge disappear.

British Columbia

Victoria Police bobbies put the ‘British’ in British Columbia
The Victoria Police Department is the oldest police force west of the Great Lakes, and these civilian volunteers, dressed in historically-inspired bobby uniforms, are another sign that Victoria is the capital of “British” Columbia.

Stories in the News

Aboriginal Awareness Week (AAW)

This past week was Aboriginal Awareness Week.

It was started in1992 with the purpose of increasing awareness of Aboriginal peoples within the federal public service.

But since then, it has evolved and grown into a government-wide celebration that gives federal public servants from across Canada the opportunity to participate in a week of interactive activities that honour the cultures and traditions of the Métis, Inuit, and First Nation peoples.

To go along with the idea on Aboriginal Awareness Week, the government has released a few statistics.

According to Statistic Canada there are a total of 1,172,790 people who identify as Aboriginal.

Making up this 1,172,790 are 53% registered Indians and 11% non-status Indians (698,025), 30% Métis (389,780), and 4% Inuit (50,480).

Throughout Canada, the people who self-identify as Aboriginal make up 4% of the Canadian population. There are approximately 370 million indigenous people internationally. Canada's Aboriginal population is growing faster than the general population, increasing by 20.1% from 2001 to 2006.

It is estimated that Aboriginal people could account for 4.1% of Canada's population by 2017, but this proportion would be significantly larger in Saskatchewan (20.8%) and Manitoba (18.4%).

You can view videos at These videos cover History and Culture, Travel and Recreation, and Nature and Science.

And Aboriginal Awareness Week morphs right into the Aboriginal Awareness Month, taking place this month all across the country.

The Canadian Museum of History has put together an virtual exhibit entitled First Peoples of Canada at, which holds profiles some of the Aboriginals people in Canada.

An e-book is also available at, which gives a brief history of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

So even if you cannot go to the different events which will be held this summer in communities across the country, there are plenty of activities online which may interest you.

And that was the Canadian genealogy, history, and heritage news in Canada this past week!


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