Hands-On Canadian History: Great Canadians

Our history is full of amazing men and women who I would count as Great Canadians: important in their own right for a variety of reasons: making a change in our communities or history, excelling at sports, as movie or television stars or popular musicians, being activists, inventing things, or many other reasons. Great Canadian […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Canadian Money

Canada’s money has made many changes over our history – from when we used Beaver Pelts as payment to today’s collection of bills and coins. At some points, we used the “gold standard” which meant that our money was actually based on the value of gold, and at other times (like today) the value of […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

In 1982, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was introduced. It clearly outlined what Canadian citizens and residents were allowed (and not allowed) to do and expect. There are 7 main sections: Fundamental Freedoms Democratic Rights Mobility Rights Legal Rights Equality Rights Official Languages of Canada Minority Language Education Rights Plus details outlining how these […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Canada’s Official Languages – French and English

Given the history of Canada with our roots in both French and British ancestry, it’s not surprising that our country has large communities of both French language and English language speakers. Throughout the years, there have been several conflicts between both cultures, but in 1969, Canada’s Official Languages Act made both languages equal in status, […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Flag

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

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

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

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

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 […]