Canada History Buff
Anabaptist History, Faith and Lifestyle
In the history of the Christian faith, there is perhaps no more intriguing time than the radical Reformation of 16th century Europe—a response to the Roman Catholic Church’s corruption.
The Old Britannia Schoolhouse
Of almost 100 rural one-room schoolhouses that existed in Peel County from the early 1800s to the mid-1960s, only one continues to have children attend every day of the school year. The Britannia Schoolhouse, S. S. No. 12 on Hurontario Street near Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga, Ontario, is maintained by the Peel District School Board as a living history centre. The story of how this came about speaks to the dedication of many people to preserve for future generations the history of early education in Ontario.
Emily Carr was born December 13th, 1871, in Victoria, British Columbia. She was a writer and a painter who has had her paintings sell for over three million dollars. Carr painted rainforests, villages, and artifacts of First Nations. Some of her paintings include Big Raven, Cedar, and The Indian Church. (A quick Google search shows many of her alluring paintings.) But she wasn’t always so successful.
Discover the Fur Trade at Rocky Mountain House, Albert
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta is deceptively named. There is no sign of the Rockies from this small town perched on the North Saskatchewan River. Located in Alberta’s foothills, it was a strategic fur trade post for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company. Today, it’s a beautiful place to explore and discover more about Canada’s history.
Viola Irene Desmond
Viola Irene Desmond was a Canadian from Nova Scotia of black descent, born July 6, 1914, in Halifax. She trained as a teacher but ended up working with her husband Jack Desmond in a combined barbershop and hair salon.
Kenojuak Ashevak* was born October 3, 1927, in an igloo inside an Inuit camp near Baffin Island. Kenojuak was a truly inspiring artist. She married Johnniebo Ashevak in the 1950’s. Her career started in 1958 when a government administrator named James Houston encouraged both Kenojuak and Johnniebo to experiment in sculpting and drawing.
Lang Pioneer Village Museum
The South Lake School House at Lang Pioneer Village Museum was built in 1886 by settlers in South Lake Settlement, Belmont Township. When it first opened, 40 students attended the school and were taught by Miss Maggie Mahood who remained teaching at the South Lake School for 20 years.