May 30, 2017
When he was a little boy growing up in Vancouver, Dr. Henry Yu didn’t understand why his grandfather frequently took him on long walks to visit Chinatown. It was only when Dr. Yu was much older that he realized that his grandfather’s walks were connected to two discriminatory policies from Canada’s...
May 18, 2017
Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Lena Hayakawa lived what she describes as a very idyllic life. Hayakawa was born in British Columbia and until she was 11, she lived on her father’s strawberry farm in the countryside.  She told me it was a simple living, but her family was happy. That...
April 28, 2017
When Nimrat Randhawa and her family immigrated to Canada in the summer of 2003, they arrived completely in the dark – literally. As Randhawa’s plane was landing at Pearson International Airport, the Northeast blackout of 2003 struck, affecting nearly 10 million people in Ontario and another 45...
April 12, 2017
The cornerstone of human rights protection in Canada is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter forms part of Canada’s Constitution and came into being on April 17, 1982, with the signature of the Constitution Act, 1982. Looking back 35 years, how did the Charter change the way...
March 3, 2017
This is the third blog in a series about the stories and artifacts that are found in the Museum’s new travelling exhibition – 1867: Rebellion & Confederation. 1867 explores the 30 years of Canadian history that culminated in Canadian confederation. This blog is about the struggle for democratic...
February 23, 2017
If you’ve never heard of Africville, you’re not alone; the tragic story of this small Black community in Nova Scotia is not as well known as it should be. It is part of a much larger story of Black settlers in Nova Scotia, which goes back hundreds of years. Black people have lived in Nova Scotia...
February 6, 2017
We are currently experiencing the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Individuals and families are fleeing their home countries due to persecution based on their ethnicity, nationality, religion, political opinion or...
February 4, 2017
These days, it seems like everyone is talking about Viola Desmond. She’s been on a postage stamp. She’s had her own Heritage Minute and we named her as one of five women who should be household names in Canada. She’s even had a ferryboat in Halifax, Nova Scotia, named after her. Last but not least...
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