Monday, November 28, 2016

Canadian Week in Review 28 November 2016

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 

Sir Clifford Sifton 

In 1874, Sit Clifford Sifton was named the Minister of the Interior, with the task of filling the Prairies with settlers. And fill them he did! 

After the 1885 Northwest Rebellion led by Louis Riel was put down, settlers began to pour into Alberta. Around 1890, about 600,000 Americans moved to Saskatchewan and Alberta, where the farming frontier flourished from 1897-1914. Other Canadians, as well as British, German, and Ukrainian immigrants, also went Out West. 

Social History

There are no articles this week. 

Newspaper Articles 

Nova Scotia 

Mi'kmaq chiefs accept N.S. premier's apology for 'conquered people' legal brief 

Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq chiefs have accepted an apology from Premier Stephen McNeil for a controversial government legal brief that implied members of a First Nation band are a conquered people. 

McNeil made the apology Thursday during a meeting between chiefs and the provincial cabinet at the Nova Scotia Archives.

Prince Edward Island 

New Mi'kmaq name for Bonshaw Provincial Park trail 

The main trail at Bonshaw Provincial Park has a new name. 

The Ji'ka'we'katik Trail will be the main connection to the four-season trail system that covers 25 kilometres in the park. The name means "the place where bass are plentiful" and is the traditional Mi'kmaq name for the West River.  


The (almost) lost history of Canada's cinematic birthplace  

Last Thursday, a fire unfortunately destroyed The Robillard, a historic 19th-century building in Montreal's Chinatown district. As a heritage building, the Robillard certainly lived up to the designation with its historical significance: it was the birthplace of cinema in Canada. 

‘Montreal’s Michelangelo’ to disappear from park to make way for statues donated by Quebec City  

Guido Nincheri was one of Canada’s greatest religious artists, described as Montreal’s Michelangelo. But as the city prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary next year, the administration is erasing Nincheri’s name from an east-end park to instead honour the provincial capital. 

Montreal museum confirms location of city’s first European settlement 

After years of research, officials at Montreal’s archaeology and history museum say they’re now able to pinpoint the precise location of the city’s first European settlement. 


Historic military aircraft recognized with tribute at Jackson Park 

The Essex Memorial Spitfire Committee donated three mounted signs to the City of Windsor to honour and provide historical significance of military aircraft located at Jackson Park.  

Rare cigar box lights up Jumbo exhibit at Elgin County Museum  

Referred to of late as "the Holy Grail of St. Thomas artifacts," a smoking piece of history has now returned to the city, if only temporary. 

At a short ceremony Friday afternoon at the Elgin County Museum, a rare cigar box that once housed Jumbo-brand stogies from the Honsinger cigar factory on Talbot Street was returned to St. Thomas for public viewing. 

Eye Candy: 1918 McLaughlin Buick 

I had always thought it would be great to own an antique car with a wooden steering wheel, and when I heard through word of mouth there was a 1918 McLaughlin Buick stored in a garage in Colbourne, I knew it was just the vehicle I was looking for. 

Chinese Canadian Archive Project - What's New? 

The Chinese Canadian Archive will collect and preserve documents, photographs and memorabilia which reflect the rich heritage of the Chinese Canadian community in Toronto. Please join us to learn more about this exciting project. 

Feature: Siegel was deeply involved in Toronto’s early community 

When Ida Lewis Siegel turned 90, Canadian Jewish Congress official Ben Kayfetz wrote an article celebrating her many accomplishments within Toronto’s Jewish community, noting that she had devoted her life to the community’s welfare and that she was still in possession of an impressive memory.  


The thrill of the find: Saskatoon's metal detectives unearth pieces of history  

Yasha Rassi kneels on the ground in Buena Vista Park after his metal detector goes off, his two friends, John Cave and Walt Degenstein, in the distance. 

British Columbia 

B.C. First Nation celebrates return of artifacts from Royal B.C. Museum  

A five-metre-wide painted wood screen and 37 hand-carved birds are among a collection of artwork returned to a First Nation after more than a century in the Royal B.C. Museum 

Some old favourites coming back to B.C. Highways 

The Ministry of Transportation has some great news for people who love B.C.’s roadside heritage: the ministry is rejuvenating, and adding to, the iconic Stop of Interest signs around the province. And in an interview with The Journal, Transportation Minister Todd Stone said that the province is also bringing back the Garbage Gobblers, the bug-eyed creatures that guarded garbage cans beside B.C. highways for many years. 

B.C. marks 100-year milestone of limited female suffrage 

The B.C. government is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the right to vote being extended to some women, although full voting rights for all women would not happen until decades later. 

A century ago, using petitions, speeches and marches, suffragettes argued women deserved a voice and a chance to influence their country. 

Historical society receives blast from the past 

The Devon Historical Society recently received a new item for its display, one that flashes back to the earliest days of Devon.  

Canadian Stories this Week 

Blogging at the LAC 

Five years ago, blogging was unheard of at the Library and Archives Canada, and then it all changed. 

They have produced 650 blog posts, and I look forward to hearing about their collection each time a post is published.

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