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How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-through” reputation is a lie. *Note: This episode features interviews conducted in French.
How would we get anything done if not for New Brunswickers? Visit the country’s only bilingual province and meet the Acadians, the Maliseet, and generations of migrant workers. Hear local French dialects, and learn for yourself why NB’s “drive-through” reputation is a lie. *Note: This version contains translated interviews. For the bilingual version, check our feed.
We dive into one of Canada’s most-visited tourist destinations—and self-professed honeymoon capital of the world—Niagara Falls, Ontario. First, we explore the falls’ geological formation and how they were divided between Canada and the United States. Next, all of the ways people have tried to make a buck off this natural wonder: from industrial polluters to daredevils in barrels to the wax museums of Clifton Hill. We also talk to some locals about what it’s like to live there, and find out...
This episode might be the strangest piece of Canadiana we’ve found yet: and warning, it’s not suitable for children. First, we go deep down a rabbit hole to investigate Bear by Marian Engel, a novella that won the Governor-General’s Literary Award decades before it became an internet meme—because it’s all about lady/bear sex. Next, we explore first- and second-wave feminism and the lives of women in Canada during Bear’s time.
What we do really know about the history of black people in Canada? Sure, there’s the Underground Railroad and the jazz prowess of Oscar Peterson—but what else? How about 200 years of slavery in Canada; the first race riot in North America; the false promise of “freedom and a farm”; or Birchtown, Nova Scotia, home to one of this country’s first settlements of black people.
Ah, dock life—a crackling fire and the sound of loons on the water. But where does cottage country come from? In one part of Ontario, we look at how the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation were pushed off their land to make way for cottages, a park and even an army base.
How did Banff come to be? A look back at how Indigenous people were kicked off their land—and then how the national park was built by the forced labour of interned Ukrainian-Canadians. Skiing at Lake Louise will never feel the same again.
What do you have to do to get a statue in Canada? We put some of our most lauded historical figures on trial and deliberate their pros and cons. Who should be torn down and who should stay up? From the Famous Five to Terry Fox, we look at some of the best and worst.
Meet Irene Uchida. A Japanese Canadian scientist, she was one of thousands of Japanese Canadians who were imprisoned as part of the Japanese Internment during WW1. Dr. Uchida went on to become a groundbreaking geneticist, transforming maternal and fetal health around the world.
Meet Tom Longboat, an Onondaga long distance runner born in 1887 on Six Nations. Tom became one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, despite his struggles and encountering racism throughout his career.