https://pdcn.co/e/media.rss.com/whatsoldisnews/2023_10_11_11_26_42_bc4d6388-f3f1-463f-938f-7f46a7d2bca1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham I talk with Andrea Procter, author of A Long Journey: Residential Schools in Labrador and Newfoundland. We talk about how the residential schooling system there differed from Canada’s in the early 20th century, student experiences at the schools, and how communities responded. We also discuss reconciliation in Labrador, why the province… Read more »
Shannon Conway Newfoundland is known for cod. The fish is often one of the first things that come to mind when thinking of the island. For “Come from Aways”, a key part of becoming an “honorary Newfoundlander” (as part of a “Screech-In” ceremony) you must kiss a cod fish. I am from Newfoundland and when I think of home I… Read more »
By Shannon Conway To mark Newfoundland’s 35th anniversary of confederation in 1984, Newfoundland philosopher F.L. Jackson, published Newfoundland in Canada: A People in Search of a Polity, wherein he laid forth a polemic on the paltry development of Newfoundland society after Confederation. Building his core argument around culture, the book concluded that the province was “simply not making a go… Read more »
https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/History-Slam-131.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham From airport kitchen parties to This Hour Has 22 Minutes to one of the greatest moments in Canadian curling history, Newfoundland and Labrador has become a vital component of Canadian culture. That position wasn’t a given, however, when it joined Confederation in the spring of 1949 after a contentious campaign. As Canada’s youngest… Read more »
By Samantha Cutrara Should Canadian students be taught with the same history curriculum across the country? I often hear this question posed – sometimes in jest, sometimes in seriousness – at the end of a conference or symposium or in the comments section of an article. It is not currently a very active debate, but this question always seems to teeter on the… Read more »
By Tina Loo So the government paid us for movin’ away, And leaving our birthplace for a better day’s pay; They said that our poor lives would ne’er be the same, Once we took part in the government game…. -Al Pittman, “The Government Game” (1983) Ninety per cent. That was the number on the minds of the eighty-seven residents of… Read more »
A look at some national historic sites in Canada, how well (or unwell) the nation’s capital reflects these, and a call for broader participation in sites of heritage and memory.