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Here comes the sun: Canada’s first astronomical observatory

Fredericton, home to the William Brydone Jack Observatory, will be one of the few Canadian cities to experience the total solar eclipse that crosses North America on April 8

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Celebrating 50 years of the Little NHL

After five decades, the Little Native Hockey League tournament continues to thrive as the largest Indigenous youth tournament in Ontario 

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Au nom de l’humanité : 75 ans depuis la proclamation de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme

Le 10 décembre 1948, les Nations unies adoptaient un document prometteur énonçant les fondements des droits de la personne et de la dignité humaine. Mais qui était le Canadien qui a contribué à la réalisation de ce document ?

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In the Name of Humanity: Recognizing 75 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted an aspirational document articulating the foundations for human rights and dignity, but who was the Canadian that helped make it possible?

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George Back: The expedition’s artist

The Canadian Arctic explorer’s evocative series of watercolours brings to life the beauty he experienced during a doomed overland trek to the Polar Sea

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Le célèbre enfant de Guelph

Un regard sur la vie et l’héritage de John McCrae à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire de sa naissance

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Roy MacGregor – No Canoe, No Canada

Episode 44

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Roy MacGregor discusses the history of the canoe and how it continues to capture the imaginations of people across Canada and beyond 

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 4(3): Treasures of the fur trade

Episode 19

As a way of illustrating the importance of company fur traders to the 100-year-old HBC collection, curator Amelia Fay pulls out three items donated by Julian Camsell, HBC Chief Factor for the MacKenzie District in Canada’s Arctic 

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 4(2): Blankets and moccasins

Episode 18

Continuing our deep dive into the Hudson’s Bay Company archives at the Manitoba Museum, this week we look at some of the items that figured prominently in trade, including the iconic point blanket

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 4(1): The Royal Charter

Episode 17

Written on animal skin 350 years ago, the Royal Charter that created the Hudson’s Bay Company is both an incredible and problematic document

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – BONUS EPISODE: Life at Fort Simpson

Episode 16

In a 1938 radio recording, Charles Camsell, the founding president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, details what it was like growing up at an HBC fur trading post

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Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company – Part 3: The rise of the Métis

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Indigenous rights lawyer and author Jean Teillet reveals how the struggle to dominate the fur trade led to the rise of a distinct people in Canada: the Métis

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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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Célébration du centenaire de l’élection de la première députée du Canada, Agnes Macphail

Un siècle plus tard, l’ancienne politicienne fédérale Catherine McKenna fait le point sur ce qui a changé — et sur le chemin qu’il nous reste à parcourir.

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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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Throwback Thursday: The 1919 Stanley Cup final

For the first time in history, officials were forced to cancel hockey’s biggest game as a flu pandemic continued to rage 

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50 ans de multiculturalisme : nous le faisons bien, sauf quand nous ne le faisons pas

Elamin Abdelmahmoud, commentateur culturel et politique pour CBC et Buzzfeed, estime que le Canada réussit parfois, échoue souvent, mais continue d'essayer

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50 years of multiculturalism: We do it well … except when we don’t

Elamin Abdelmahmoud, a pop culture and political commentator with CBC and Buzzfeed, explores the tension between the idea and the practice of multiculturalism in Canada — especially if you are a public figure of colour

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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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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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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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​Les Traités 1 et 2 : Dans les faits

Cette année marque un siècle et demi depuis que les traités 1 et 2 ont été signés

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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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University of Toronto old medical building

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Percée dans le traitement du diabète

Il y a un siècle, le bâtiment de l’école de médecine de l'Université de Toronto était le site de la découverte révolutionnaire de l’insuline 

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The Tuglavina family at Okak, 1915, right to left: Arnatuk, Renatus (Kuttaktok), Josef and Jonas

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The man who challenged the Hudson’s Bay Company

The amazing story of Renatus Tuglavina, remembered in northern Labrador as a folk hero

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When death came to Labrador

An excerpt from We All Expected to Die: Spanish Influenza in Labrador, 1918-1919

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Charlotte Gray

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The bestselling author and historian on why exploration is essential to understanding Canada’s history 

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Going to Klondyke: The 19th-century game that brought the gold rush into American homes

Published in the New York Journal as a fanciful full-page map, Going to Klondyke encouraged everyday newspaper readers to try their luck at gold prospecting in the Yukon

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The next 100 years

Now that a century has passed since the end of the First World War, is it inevitable that efforts to remember the events of the war will start to fade?

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La grande faucheuse

L’histoire méconnue de la grippe espagnole de 1918 et notre état de préparation à la prochaine grande pandémie

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L’évolution du cinéma Roseland : 75 ans après le combat de Viola Desmond contre la ségrégation

Le 8 novembre 1946, Viola Desmond est entrée dans l’histoire au cinéma Roseland. Soixante-quinze ans plus tard, le site poursuit son travail de sensibilisation auprès de la communauté.

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Grosse Île: Canada’s quarantine island

During the mass Irish migration to Canada 175 years ago, some 100,000 people passed through the quarantine island — and more than 5,000 died there

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Niagara Falls is actually a marvel of engineering

A book by environmental historian Daniel Macfarlane reveals the decades of technological feats and cross-border politics that went into “fixing” one of North America’s most important natural sites

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Gateway to Canada: A look back at Pier 21

Canada’s last active seaport immigration shed closed 50 years ago — a look back at Pier 21

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Derrière les voiles

Le symbolisme du Bluenose, l’emblématique goélette canadienne de pêche et de course, est peut-être tout aussi pertinent aujourd’hui qu’il y a 100 ans, lorsque le navire a touché l’eau pour la première fois

A topographical map of the Canadian Rockies from the early 1900's

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Picturing the mountains

A French-born Canadian changed the world of mapping by photographing the Rockies

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Discovery history: Race to the top

A 17th-century circumpolar map shows the early days of Arctic exploration

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Excerpt from The Pull of the Stars

Author Emma Donoghue’s novel about the 1918 pandemic offers up many parallels to our 2020 pandemic experience

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Guerre sur l’eau

La participation du Canada à la bataille de l’Atlantique, montrée ici, est considérée comme étant son rôle le plus crucial dans la guerre.

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Célébrant les 100 ans du Groupe des Sept

La première exposition des artistes avait lieu le 7 mai 1920

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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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L’histoire inédite de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson

Une rétrospective des débuts de l’institution fondée il y a 350 ans, qui revendiquait autrefois une part importante du globe

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En souvenir de la première médaille d’or de hockey olympique du Canada

Gagnante de la médaille d’or il y a 100 ans à Anvers (Belgique), l’équipe canadienne a établi une domination en hockey olympique qui a duré pendant trois autres Jeux successifs

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Annulés, mais pas oubliés : les Jeux d’hiver de l’Arctique célèbrent leur 50e anniversaire!

L’année 1970 marquait la naissance des Jeux, créés pour donner aux athlètes nordiques plus d’occasions de s’entraîner et de participer à des compétitions

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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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Artifacts retrieved from Erebus wreck reveal snapshot of life on doomed ship

“Most successful season” of exploration since the wreck was discovered surfaces 350 artifacts from officers’ quarters

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Adventurer, turncoat, cannibal: the remarkable story of Pierre-Esprit Radisson

In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 

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Flight of the Highlanders: The Making of Canada

A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada

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Four flags that almost became Canada’s national flag

Our beloved red-and-white maple leaf flag was raised on Feb. 15, 1965, but not before years of angry debates and a parade of competing designs were put down

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Throwback Thursday: Nunavut up and running

On April 1, 1999, Canada’s youngest population took control of its largest territory. Here’s how Canadian Geographic covered the story. 

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