Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Flag

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Canada actually didn’t have an official flag until 1964. Until then, the flag that mostly represented our country was the Canadian Red Ensign – a red background flag with the British Union Jack in the corner and a heraldry shield featuring 3 red maple leaves, and flags / symbols of the founding provinces. Interestingly, the […]

Hands-On Canadian History: St. Lawrence Seaway

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The St. Lawrence River is the section of water that comes into Canada from the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to the Great Lakes. In 1959, Queen Elizabeth II, President Eisenhouser, and Prime Minister Diefenbaker officially opened the St. Lawrence Seaway, the series of locks and canals that allow ships to travel the length of […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Japanese Internment Camps

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After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, the government of Canada decided that all Japanese-Canadians needed to be put in Japanese Internment Camps. Fearing that there could be some hidden danger from these people, they were forced to leave their homes and jobs to live in a designated compound under supervision. Abled-bodied […]

Hands-On Canadian History: World War II – Victory Garden

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Growing a victory garden during World War II was a way for the people here in Canada to both better feed themselves and also help support the troops in Europe, since it was possible to send more food overseas due to less needs here. It gave many people a sense of being able to actively participate […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Great Depression – Baked Apples Recipe

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In the early 1930s, financial disaster struck, leaving many people unemployed and poor. Here in Canada, the poverty was compounded with a horrible drought in the prairies. It was during this time period that people especially learned the art of saving, reusing, and making due – even under the direst circumstances. We call that time […]

The Bluenose

Hands-On Canadian History: The Bluenose Fishing and Racing Vessel

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The Bluenose Schooner was a fishing / racing vessel that was made in Nova Scotia. Its unique design made it incredibly fast and enabled it to become the champion in top ship races during the 1920s and 30s. It’s the ship that you can see on the Canadian dime. Have a Boat Design Competition & […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Women’s Rights to Vote

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By the time of World War I, women will still not even considered people. They weren’t allowed vote. Through leadership of strong women such as Nellie McClung, suffragettes lobbied the government hard to change things and earn the women’s rights to vote. The Dessert Vote I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like dessert of […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Halifax Explosion

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The Halifax Explosion was the biggest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb, caused when two ships collided in Halifax harbour. One of the ships was filled with ammunition and other explosives, ready to head to Europe for the armies fighting in World War I, the other was late and in a hurry. In the aftermath […]

Hands-on Canadian History: World War I – Brodie Helmet

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When the world went to war in 1914, Canada joined in, sending forces to Europe to aid the cause. Our soldiers fought bravely and were featured in some key battles, such as Vimy Ridge. An important part of WWI uniforms was a Brodie helmet –  a metal dome helm with a brim and a chin strap. Here is […]