Category Archives: Podcast

History Slam 196: Becoming Vancouver

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/History-Slam-196.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The first time I was fortunate enough to visit Vancouver, it was October and the weather was unseasonably cold. It was a damp cold – the type that feels like it sticks to you – so I spent 4 days struggling to get warm. Having lived in Regina since that initial… Read more »

History Slam 195: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People & How to Fix It

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/History-Slam-195.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham During the election campaign this fall, the major political parties all included Reconciliation in their platforms. Yet in the past couple of weeks, the protests around the country in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have served as another example of how far there is to go towards meaningful Reconciliation. As Bruce… Read more »

History Slam 194: Mining Country

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/History-Slam-194.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In April 1936, three workers at the Moose River Mine in Nova Scotia became trapped over 40 metres below the ground when the mine’s roof collapsed. On the sixth day following the collapse, rescuers were able to drill a borehole that allowed them to send food and water to the men…. Read more »

History Slam 193: The Bad Detective

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/History-Slam-193.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Popular culture is full of popular detectives and detective stories – from Sherlock Holmes to Jessica  Fletcher, we seem to love seeing good sleuth get to the bottom of a case. That fascination translates into real life cases, where everything from crime podcasts to live courts proceedings find big audiences, thrusting… Read more »

History Slam 192: Challenging Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/History-Slam-192.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 1994, Lynn Gehl applied for registration as an ‘Indian’ with the federal government. Unable to provide evidence as to the identity of her paternal grandfather, meant that, under the terms of the Indian Act, she was not entitled to registration, despite her paternal grandmother having status. What followed was a… Read more »

History Slam 191: #BlackinSchool

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/History-Slam-191.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham All across the country, students have either returned, or are gearing up to return, to school. While there is great uncertainty about what the school year will look like and the safety measures being implemented in the midst of the pandemic’s fourth wave. For thousands of young Canadians, they will also… Read more »

History Slam 190: Not for King or Country

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/History-Slam-190.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to lead immersive educational programs of Canada’s First World War history through Belgium and France. One of the best parts of these programs is visiting Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries where students have selected a soldier killed during the war to… Read more »

History Slam 188: Wagon Road North

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http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-188.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In 1960, Art Downs released Wagon Road North: The Saga of the Cariboo Gold Rush, which immediately became a best-seller. Relying primarily on photos to the tell the story of what happened after gold was found in the British Columbia interior, Wagon Road North was so popular that it was reprinted 5 different times… Read more »

History Slam 187: The Line Between Innovation & Cheating in Curling History

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-187.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In recent years, the unwritten rules of sports have gotten a lot of attention. Whether it’s celebrations or expectations on rookies or what constitutes proper respect for your opponent, these ‘rules’ are increasingly recognized as antiquated and no longer relevant to modern athletes. In curling, the unwritten rules have always centered… Read more »

History Slam 186: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ History at the ArQuives

http://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/History-Slam-186.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The gaps and underrepresentation of certain voices within traditional archival collections is well established. To fill these gaps, community archives are essential as they collect, preserve, and share the stories of people, groups, and events that have helped shaped life in Canada. One of these community archives is the ArQuives, Canada’s… Read more »