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Honouring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jean Paul Riopelle

A revered artist, Riopelle considered the Canadian wilderness to be his muse 

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The great equalizer? Remembering the promise of the Canadian Citizenship Act

The act was meant to formalize Canada’s national identity — and keep the peace

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the election of Canada’s first female MP, Agnes Macphail

A century later, former federal politician Catherine McKenna reflects on what has changed — and how far we still need to go

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75 years after Viola Desmond’s stand against segregation, former theatre honours her legacy

On Nov. 8, 1946, Viola Desmond made history at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, N.S. Seventy-five years later, the building’s exterior pays tribute to her life through art.

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A century ago today, the Bluenose made history

100 years ago — on October 22, 1921 — the iconic Nova Scotian schooner was victorious in its first major race

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50 years of multiculturalism: Where lived experiences make history

Dora Nipp, CEO of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, reflects on the importance of chronicling migrant, ethnic and Indigenous stories as an essential means to understanding Canada in the 20th century and beyond

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Profile in courage: The Canadian coast guard who rescued fishermen stranded in a winter storm

First Officer Leslie Palmer of the Canadian Coast Guard was awarded a Canadian Decoration for Bravery after braving a severe winter storm to rescue two fishermen stranded on the shores of the Grenville Channel, near Prince Rupert, B.C.

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Diabetes breakthrough: The discovery of insulin

A century ago, the medical school building at the University of Toronto was the site of a momentous scientific breakthrough

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Cancelled but not forgotten: The 50th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games

Games were started in 1970 to give northern athletes more opportunities for training and competition

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Treaties 1 and 2: Reflecting on the 150th anniversary

This year marks a century and a half since the first numbered treaties were signed

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Profile in courage: The Canadian man who saved a woman from the jaws of a polar bear

William Ayotte risked his life to rescue a woman who was being attacked by a polar bear in Churchill, Man. The bear then turned on him.

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Remembering Canada’s first Olympic hockey gold

Winning gold 100 years ago in Antwerp, Belgium, Canada’s team set a standard for Olympic hockey dominance that would last for three more successive Games

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Profile in courage: The Canadian woman who risked her life to save people in Haiti trapped beneath a collapsed schoolhouse

Marie-Claude Élie was awarded a Canadian Decoration for Bravery after bringing medical assistance to dozens of people trapped beneath the ruins of a collapsed schoolhouse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Nov. 7, 2008

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Bluenose: Behind the sails

The symbolism of the iconic Canadian fishing and racing schooner Bluenose may be as relevant today as it was 100 years ago when the ship first hit the water

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War on the water: Charting Canada’s critical role in the passage of ships during the Second World War

Canada’s part in the Battle of the Atlantic, shown here, is considered its most essential role in the war

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Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations charter

Tracing the history of the United Nations with a map, produced for schools in 1947 to commemorate the momentous coming together of the planet for a greater good

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Manitoba celebrates its 150th anniversary

A look at the inception of the original postage-stamp province through an 1871 map

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Celebrating 100 years of the Group of Seven

Their first exhibition was May 7, 1920 at what is now the Art Gallery of Ontario

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The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

A look back at the early years of the 350-year-old institution that once claimed a vast portion of the globe

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