Monday, February 27, 2017

Canadian Week in Review 27 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 

The Confederation Painter 

British-born painter, watercolourist and illustrator, William George Richardson Hind (1833-1889), immigrated to Canada in 1851. Although he advertised himself a sign painter in the Daily Colonist, in Victoria, British Columbia, he became the first artist to illustrate Canada’s landscapes during the 1860s-70s. 

He earned the nickname nickname of the Confederation Painter across the county. 
Social Media 

(Video) 'It's special to be a Métis' on Louis Riel Day 

For most Manitoba workers, Louis Riel Day is a holiday — a day off that breaks up the stretch of time between New Year's and Easter and allows people to spend time with family. 

At the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, though, they're working hard to make sure Riel's legacy gets its due. 

(Video) Heritage Day 2017 celebrates Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq culture, heritage  

What does it mean to be Mi’kmaq? That’s a question several Mi’kmaq Nova Scotians are hoping to explain, as they celebrate Heritage Day 2017. 

Giant mosaic project brings Canadians together through art  

A group from St. Albert, Alta. is putting together a nationwide art project that could be the largest in Canadian history. 

The Canada 150 Mosaic is a series of murals that will be displayed in communities from Vancouver Island to P.E.I. to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. When all of the murals are put together, it will become a series of train cars that are meant to tell the history of each community and those who live there. 

Newspaper Articles

Nova Scotia 

History of Snyder’s Shipyard stretches back almost 150 years 

Nova Scotia’s fishermen obviously place their trust in the folks at Snyder’s Shipyard. The Dayspring shipyard has built 225 new boats and refitted, repaired or restored hundreds more, including Bluenose II  

Celebrating Mi’kmaq culture during Heritage Day 

Spiritual leaders Emile Gautreau and Louise Goodwin led a ceremony celebrating the Seven Directions while also talking about Mi’kmaq culture, traditions and song.  

HMCS Summerside crew to see Nova Scotia history in Sierra Leone  

HMCS Moncton and HMCS Summerside are bound for training in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, but it's a side trip with a Nova Scotia connection that's got the crew of one of the vessels excited. 

Halifax man traces roots to the Black Loyalists of Digby  

Allister Barton's discovery that his family name does not appear in the Book of Negroes led him on a two-year journey to find out whether they had any connection to the Black Loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia in the late 1700s. 

Prince Edward Island 

Charlottetown hands out heritage awards 

The City of Charlottetown celebrated Heritage Day on Tuesday by honouring the people behind several renovations or refurbishments of historic properties in the city.  

Shoppers got an added dose of Canadian history as the annual Heritage Fair made its way to the Cornwall Square Shopping Centre this Saturday Feb. 18.  

Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron hosts event to celebrate Black History Month 

A Black History Month celebration honoured the contributions of Canadians of African descent but it was also a celebration of Canadian citizenship. 

The Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron hosted the event at the Falstaff Family Centre on Saturday. It was the third one and it was the biggest so far.  

Beaconsfield Historic Site getting spruced up 

The Beaconsfield Historic House in Charlottetown, considered P.E.I.'s flagship historic site, is getting some upgrades. 

A $115,000 project is underway to replace and restore the house's fascia boards, windows, flooring, siding, and areas in need of repair, the province said in a news release. 

'These are our roots': Heritage Week kicks off Monday  

The Archives Council of Prince Edward Island and other institutions are taking Islanders on a trip down memory lane beginning on Monday to celebrate Heritage Week. 

"Culturally, these are our roots. This is an important part of who we are," said Simon Lloyd, president of ACPEI. 


Heritage Fair returns to the square

Shoppers got an added dose of Canadian history as the annual Heritage Fair made its way to the Cornwall Square Shopping Centre this Saturday Feb. 18.

History Corner - Steamboat on the St. Lawrence River enroute to the first Charlottetown Conference.

In the fall of 1864, representatives of the Canadas, then the Provinces of Lower Canada (Québec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) boarded the brand new steamer “QUÉBEC” on the St Lawrence River to attend a conference in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. The topic: possible confederation with the British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. 


Salivating over history: Manitoba Museum gives artifacts the old spit shine 

How do you clean a nearly 140-year-old oil painting? Well, if you're Manitoba Museum conservator Carolyn Sirett, you roll up your sleeves, roll a cotton swab and put your muddy where your mouth is. 

Dirt doesn't stand much of a chance against the power of human saliva, apparently. 


Breton Museum celebrates Black History Month 

From tea time to concerts, the Breton Museum’s celebration of Black History Month has expanded over the years. Breton Museum started to organize events in conjunction with Black History Month since the mid-1990s. 

British Columbia 

Surrey celebrates Canada 150  

IN celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the City of Surrey is set to be the City of Festivals this year. 

Canada Stories this Week

Tour' Touch   

The Archives of Ontario is offering something different in 2017. It will be offering free lunchtime tours of the 31 public artworks on permanent display at the archives at Macdonald Block at 900 Bay St in Toronto. 

They say “A significant number are also located in over 30 towns and cities across the province. Broad in scope and eclectic in nature, the collection is made up of historical and contemporary paintings, works on paper, indoor and outdoor Yousculpture, official portraits and antique furnishings and decorative objects”.

You can register at

The Nova Scotia Archived has a new project! 

They are wondering if you would like if you would like to transcribe documents that they have in-house. They are trying to start an “online workspace where the public can participate in enhancing access to our collections documenting over 300 years of Nova Scotia history, people, and culture. This is a great opportunity for participants to deeply experience our collections and transcribe hand-written historical materials”.

This is a test project for the archives and we are starting small but plan to add more documents as the archives learn more about the technology and how you are using it.

To find out more about this new project, go to 

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