Socials DoL #4: Canada’s Hundred Days

In 1917, a communist revolution in Russia deposed the emperor and soon after (in early 1918) Russia surrendered to Germany. Since 600,000 German soldiers were situated in Russia at the time, Germany was able to move them to the Western Front, making their group larger and stronger. It made sense that the German commanders wanted to attack right away – because the Allied forces were becoming a lot stronger as.. Read More

Socials DoL #3: Canadian Confederation

Dear John A. Macdonald,   This idea of confederation that is so deeply ingrained in your mind is a complete fabrication, undeniably unrealistic for many colonies across Canada. I must admit that it sounds splendid in theory, a united nation where all identities are protected, celebrated, and connected. There are many benefits that intrigue me, such as the increased defence against America. However, on behalf of those who reside in.. Read More

Autobiography Check-in: Justin Trudeau

I’m currently reading Common Ground by Justin Trudeau (an autobiography. Here are five passages that have stood out to me so far.   Quote #1: “Too many Canadians emphasize their regional differences and forget the things that unite us. We are one people that speak two official languages and share a host of others. For all our differences of culture, history, and geography, we are bound together by shared values that define the.. Read More

J.A. Macdonald: A Racist, Violent White Supremacist

Mr. Morris Humanities April 18, 2018 John A. Macdonald: A Racist, Violent White Supremacist   It’s truly fascinating how years of prejudice and bigotry can be traced back to a single man. John A. Macdonald’s actions have been romanticized for decades, the glorification of such an unprogressive leader displayed through statues, monuments, and eponyms. While some see Macdonald as the brilliant leader who founded Canadian confederacy, others are fully aware.. Read More

Ind. Investigation: Métis

To what extent did the treatment of Indigenous people/communities (more specifically the Métis) shape early Canadian History?   Outline the focus of your inquiry and provide background knowledge. Why is this an important and significant question to ask about the past?    The Métis are the descendants of French-speaking Roman Catholics and Indigenous women. They established a French-speaking community in river-lot farms with their own flag, traditions, and beliefs, and.. Read More

Socials DoL #2: Legalization of Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana in Canada is a controversial topic, one that has been discussed to a great extent throughout the years. Making this illegal drug more accessible for medical and recreational uses not only affects the political aspect of Canada’s identity, but the social, environmental, and economic aspects as well. The political issue came about in 1923, when Parliament’s decision made Canada one of the first countries to add marijuana to the list.. Read More

Socials DoL #1: Significant Object

INQUIRY QUESTION What is the story of my great-grandmother’s “sunhat”? I had a hard time finding a significant object, as most things I own that are personally significant aren’t particularly historically significant. After talking to my aunt, however, I chose a hat that was owned by my great-grandmother. I never got the chance to meet her, as she passed away before I was born, but I was able to visit her old.. Read More