Tag Archives: colonialism

Changing Place Names – What’s Old is News

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By Sean Graham Changing Place Names | RSS.comLauren Beck, author of Canada’s Place Names & How to Change Them, joins the show to talk about the debate over changing names. The discussion ranges from how Canada’s places got their names, colonial naming practices, and the cultural significance of place names. The conversation also touches on Indigenous naming customs, the politics of… Read more »

Indian Boarding School Newspapers: What’s Old is News

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By Sean Graham Indian Boarding School Newspapers | RSS.com In this episode, I amjoined by Jane Griffith, author of Words Have a Past: The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools to talk about the significance and legacy of Indian boarding school newspapers. We talk about why schools published newspapers, who the intended audiences were, and the… Read more »

A Samurai Suit in Fort Smith & A Blanket of Butterflies – What’s Old is News

By Sean Graham  A Samurai Suit in Fort Smith & A Blanket of Butterflies | RSS.com Fort Smith, NWT is probably not where you would expect to find a suit of samurai armour and sword, but at the local museum that’s exactly what you can find. When he first saw it, author Richard Van Camp started to think about all… Read more »

150 Acts 5 Years Later: What Does Truth and Reconciliation Look Like in 2022?

If you are a Survivor of Indian Residential Schools and need support, please call the National Indian Residential School Crisis line at 1-866-925-4419 or text 686868. You can also call the Canadian Mental Health Association toll free at 1-833-456-4566 (in Quebec 1-866-277-3553) or visit crisisservicescanada.ca. Other self-care acts include taking a walk, calling or texting a friend, nourishing your body… Read more »

History Slam 217: Storytellers, Colonialism, and Community in the Chilcotin Plateau

https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/History-Slam-217.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham For every strong, thriving community, there are people actively keeping it alive at its centre. Whether that’s hosting events, checking in on others, or sharing the living memory of the place, these individuals build an environment where stories are shared and passed to the next generation. But when they’re gone, what… Read more »

History Slam 213: Colonial Violence, National Myths, & the Lynching of Louie Sam

https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/History-Slam-212.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On February 24, 1884, Louie Sam, a Stó:lo teenager, was accused by an angry mob of starting a fire that killed James Bell, a shopkeeper in the settler community Nooksack, in what is now Whatcom County, Washington, which borders British Columbia. Without any evidence, the assembled mob determined that Sam was… Read more »

With Intent to Destroy a Group: Genocides Past and Present in Canada

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips and Dylan Hall are MA Students in the Department of History, Classics, & Religion at the University of Alberta. They interviewed Dr. Andrew Woolford as a part of the department’s annual Western Canadian History Lecture. Crystal Gail Fraser and Shannon Stunden Bower edited the transcribed interview for length and clarity. Andrew Woolford is a Professor of Sociology… Read more »

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

https://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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https://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 192: Challenging Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

https://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 »