Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heritage Minutes: treaties and residential schools

Historica Canada announces a couple of new entries in the Heritage Minutes series, now twenty-five years old. (You just think they have been around forever!)

The early Minutes were usually irreverent and unpredictable. The Historica-era ones, much more directly government-funded, have become semi-official, with most of the minutes from the Harper years emphasizing wars, politicians, and anniversaries. The new pair, funded by the Government of Ontario, are both set in Ontario. I miss the independence and irreverence.

But it's hard to complain about an indigenous take on the far northern Ontario Treaty 9 ("Naskumituwin," below)  and a minute on kids resisting residential school mistreatment ("Chanie Wenjack," above).

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