Monday, February 6, 2017

Canadian Week in Review 06 February 2017


I have come across the following Canadian genealogy, history and heritage websites, social media, 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

Late in the evening of 03 February 1916, smoke was seen escaping from the reading room of the Centre Block.

The fire spread quickly, the roof collapsed, and in the early hours of 04 February, the clock tower collapsed. Seven people died in the blaze. By the next day, the fire was out, but the structure was a smoldering in an icy shell. 


Social Media

Northern Manitoba youth to preserve history of northern Manitoba First Nations with app 

A group of Northern Manitoba youth are learning about new technology in Winnipeg this week hoping to bring new communications ideas back to their home communities. 

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia
39 Nova Scotia projects receive Canada 150th funding 

The province has announced funding for 39 Nova Scotian non-profits and co-operatives to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

A total of $841,000 was announced on Monday for those organizations holding events or celebrations to celebrate Nova Scotia’s role in Canada’s history.  

Did you know that this province has more than 48 Historic Black communities? 

Each year, during the month of February we celebrate the history, heritage and contributions of African Nova Scotians, one of our founding settler communities by recognizing Black History Month/African Heritage Month. 

Prince Edward Island 

Historical Society sees a museum in train station's future

The Summerside and Area Historical Society wants city's old train station to become a municipal museum. 

The city is looking for a buyer for the 1927 structure. It was most recently a library before the opening of the new Inspire Learning Centre. 

Ontario  

Snow has fallen in the museum 

Snow, the first exhibition of its kind in Canada, portrays the amazing love-hate relationship that the inhabitants of this great land have had with snow since the arrival of the First Peoples in North America. Created by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the J. Armand Bombardier Museum, Snow gives visitors a historical and cultural perspective on this element of nature as a source of adaptation, passion, ingenuity and creativity.  

RBC announces 30 Black History Month Student Essay Competition scholarship winners  

As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, RBC asked high school students to reflect on the contribution of black Canadians over the past 150 years and what future generations can learn from them. Thirty winners were chosen from a record-number of entries, including the top three winners. 

British Columbia 

Historic exhibit opens in Kelowna 

A special commemorative exhibition entitled From Vimy to Juno: Canada in France 1914-45 opened today at the Okanagan Military Museum. This national travelling exhibition explores the connections between defining moments in Canadian history and the experiences of Canadians who fought in both world wars. From Vimy to Juno was developed by the Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s only museum on the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy, France. 

Canadian Stories this Week 

RootsTech 2017
Are you ready? Do you have everything packed to go to the conference, and have you registered for the streaming of the lectures?

If you haven't register yet for the Streaming Schedule from Wednesday to Saturday, you can go to https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule to see the timetable. And you can view these lecture on any of your devices. 

Remember that on Friday, it is Innovator Showdown, and we have a Canadian in this year's competition - Louis Kessler and the Double Match Triangulator - Forging New Frontiers in DNA Analysis. 

Louis is from Winnipeg, and you can read his story of how he developed this new analysis of DNA at https://devpost.com/software/double-match-triangulator-dmt.  

So be sure to send best wishes to Louis and vote for him when his innovation comes up for a vote at in the Innovative Showdown. The website for his invention is at https://www.rootstech.org/innovator-showdown  

Today, if you wish to watch Dear Myrt Hangout at the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, you can register at http://hangouts.dearmyrtle.com/6-feb-2016-mwm.html and join in with the fun! 

I will be watching, taking notes, and keeping my eyes and ears tuned for new developments at the conference. It is always innovative, interesting and there is always something new – so join me in watching. 

For more up-to-date information, go to the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RootsTech/  

Black History Month 2017

The  honoree this year is Viola Desmond, a Nova Scotian businesswoman who changed the course of Canadian history by refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. 

The Government of Canada recently chose her as the face for Canada’s ten dollar bank note and Black History Month poster. 

If you can't go the various celebrations, you can take a victual tour of the Canadian Black History Virtual Museum and also Treasure Hunt which shows life in Canada for the Black Canadians. 

There is also a site on the site called Anniversary celebrations in 2017 in which they explore the subjects of the 180 year anniversary of the Corps of Negroes, the 160 year anniversary of William Neilson Hall winning the Victoria Cross, and the 100 year anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion’s Departure Overseas


2017 Archives Week in Saskatchewan
The Provincial Archives invites you to attend the 2017 Archives Week celebration Perspectives on the Northwest Resistance at Bushwakker Brewpub on Wednesday, February 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of readings by renowned speakers.

Admission is free and refreshments are available for purchase.

You can contact the archives on it's main page to get further directions.

The website is at https://www.saskarchives.com/  

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