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On April 9th, 1917, the Canadian Expeditionary Force launched what would become one of the most important moments in Canadian history, the attack on Vimy Ridge in Northern France. So I've decided to post about what happened, and why this battle was so important for Canada, both for Canadians to remember what they might have forgotten, and for non-Canadians to understand what Vimy is all about

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Aftermath and ResultsCollapse )

Crossposted to my personal journal.
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I just came across this site and thought members of this community might enjoy it:

Canadian War Poster Collection at McGill University.

There are some wonderful examples of Canadian war poster art here, and you can even order reproductions if you are so inclined.

ETA: I found still more Canadian war posters here, at firstworldwar.com!

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Hey everyone,

I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me with a research question. Specifically, I'm not sure how I can access old Globe and Mail papers, and other old newspapers.

I'm looking for issues around World War II, so 1930-1946 ish.

I'm a student at the University of Toronto, and our library site allows us to access journals / some newspapers, but I haven't been able to find anything from the Globe further back than about a decade ago.

Does anyone know if/how I can find them?

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Hi! My name is Dmitri. I am going to study Canadian history at Moscow State University. At history faculty we have different departments. So, it is really difficult for me to choose any particular. I hesitate between Cultural Anthropology (where I may study the Inuits, canadian historiography, history of Canadian ethnoscience) and the department of Modern and Contemporary History (where I project to study Anglo-Canadian relations during the reign of Laurier). So, I dont know what is worthy of studing. I am attracted by cultural anthropology, but i have following doubts: there is multitude if specialists in this area in Canada, who are studing the Inuits and other native peoples of North America; what do you think of historiography of ethnoscience on Inuit question?).
Where is it better to study these themes in Canada? In what university? I speak French, so any Canadian university is suitable, but where is better? Sorry for asking so many questions, but this future specialization is really very important for me, and I dont whom to demand for advice. Anyway, thank you very much.
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Full disclosure: I'm an American Canadaphile who lives justsouth of the border. I work as a cashier at a drug store.

Tonight I opened my rolls of pennies and found that both of them were chock full of Canadian ones, with occasional 'merican ones interspersed. Not a problem here, because really the small coins are interchangeable. except in vending machines. But I happen to spot the King on some of them -- King George VI. So I start sorting through them to see the dates on them. A lot of them are from the early 1940s, so I set them aside and switch out a dime's worth of them. One of them is slightly different, has the king wearing a crown. From 1940, I notice as I flip the coin over. Intriguing. Well I'll keep it.

So I am waiting for Shandria to finish counting her drawer, when I realise something. The coin had said Newfoundland on it, and I figured, heh, that's rather neat, maybe they did a provincial pen---oh fucking wait, Newfoundland didn't join confederation until 1949. That's right. This coin is from Newfoundland, NOT Canada. Holy awesomeness Batman.

So I went home and googled it. Wikipedia tells me that King George VI coins from 1940 are somewhat odd, minted in Canada at the Royal Mint, but In 1940 and 1942, the Canadian Mint forgot the C mintmark. Neat! So eBay shows me that there are coins up to 5-6$CAD. But then I find this: NWCoin lists the same one for 55$CAD, with a photograph of the coin in a similar condition to the one I have.

So I'm not sure if it's worth the 5-6 or 55CAD that the internets tell me. I may take it to the jewelry store in town, and see if he can help me with it. No guarantees, but he may know what I can do with it. THe problem is it's Canadian and not American, so there probably aren't many experts on CAD coins here. Heh, not that this is even a CAD coin....Ahh well. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? Or if it's even worth the amount the internets are telling me?

(crossposted also to canadakicksass)

eta pictures:
from my scanner:

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Hi guys,

I might be doing some work on current Aboriginal culture in my classes and I'm interested in Identity, at least for now. So, I'll be writing a two part series of questions based on these topics in this community. Please note that if you are easily offended by discussions of Aboriginal people, don't read this or participate. Also, be aware that I have a great deal of respect for Aboriginal people who are making a difference in their communities, preserving their ways of life, traditional knowledge and teachings.

I'm currently working as we speak at the Parks Canada kiosk at the Forks National Historic site in Winnipeg. Half an hour ago, I had an elderly man from the southern US ask me if the term Aboriginal is synonymous with Indian. I told him yes, and that the term Indian is slowly being phased out because it's associated with a period of marginalization and because Columbus misnamed the people of the Americas, thinking he was in India.

The guy basically thought that we are full of crap and we're too politically correct here in Canada. I told him that some Aboriginal people are reclaiming the word Indian, but that Aboriginal people or First Nations is a more politically acceptable term.

So, here's my discussion section.

I think one of the key problems that leads to this confusion is that we often treat Aboriginal people as one cultural unit, and this is likely a manifestation of globalization and in some cases, Pan-Indianism. I can safely say this is something of a modern phenomenon because I've read some of the old fur trade journals and many of the clerks actually referred to peoples by their cultural names. Bearing in mind that no less than 12 Indigenous language families (like the Indo-European language family) exist in Canada alone, we can safely say that there is, or was, great cultural diversity in what is now Canada prior to European contact. Interestingly, these peoples often didn't accord. They fought, created alliances, broke them and then made up.

So, because these peoples are not part of a homogenous cultural unit, why do we persist in lumping them together by using vague names like Aboriginal, long names like First Nations peoples, or incorrect names like Indian? Let's also remember that Europeans are obsessive about creating discrete categories for the purposes of simplicity and convenience.

Should we continue to be politically correct (firstnationspeoplesaboriginalfirstamericans), just let it go (indians) or use their cultural names? And finally, does this whole discussion even matter?
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My friend Abby, aka hkmercredi teaches English in Japan, and was working on jigsaw puzzles for English speaking countries. She was confused as to why Newfoundland and Labrador are one province, and I didn't have a good answer for her. Can anyone explain how this came about and why?

(xposted to my journal)
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I'd like to open up a topic to debate:

New France and a middle class. Do you think it had one?

Are we too eager to assume that this small, military society could and did not foster a middle class?

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Vandles have distoried historical Canadian grave stone. earlier this year cannon's were taken for Fort Borejour in Aulac NB. This to be shows how very little respect for historical items and events in our school and in the home.
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