With July 1st quickly approaching, more and more articles have come out about Canada 150. I've selected a handful of the best articles, with a particular focus on those that discuss Indigenous responses to Canada 150. I particularly recommend listening to the poetry! The latest issue of Canada's History Magazine also has several excellent articles.
These are all accessible by searching from the SFU Library homepage.
Hayday, Matthew. “Fireworks, Folk-Dancing, and Fostering a National Identity: The Politics of Canada Day.” The Canadian Historical Review 91, no. 2 (May 27, 2010): 287–314. doi:10.1353/can.0.0317.
Rutherdale, Myra, and Jim Miller. “‘It’s Our Country’: First Nations’ Participation in the Indian Pavilion at Expo 67.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 17, no. 2 (2006): 148–73. doi:10.7202/016594ar.
Strong-Boag, Veronica. “Experts on Our Own Lives: Commemorating Canada at the Beginning of the 21st Century.” The Public Historian 31, no. 1 (February 2009): 46–68. doi:10.1525/tph.2009.31.1.46.
Indigenous Responses: Poetry
Rogers, Janet. “Has Anything Changed? Revisiting Chief Dan George’s Iconic ‘Lament for Confederation’ | CBC Canada 2017,” May 5, 2017. [make sure to watch the embedded video, and scroll to the bottom for a follow-up poem on Soundcloud]
Sumner, Leonard. “‘I Know You’re Sorry:’ One Anishinaabe MC and Poet’s Response to All of Canada’s Apologies | CBC Canada 2017,” June 9, 2017. [responding to the apology that William Lindsay discussed in class last week]
Canada 150 Tulips
Films and Podcasts
Manuel, Arthur. 150 Years of Canadian Colonization, 2016.“Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples. Canada must recognize that this colonial relationship gives Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination. This will become clearer when Canada celebrates 150 years of its settler colonial relationship with Britain in 2017.”
McKenzie, Cheryl. “Indigenous Perspectives of Canada 150.” InFocus. APTN, May 17, 2017. [50-minute TV program]
“Noah Richler and Jack Granatstein Debate Canada’s History at the Great Canadian Debates.” Macdonald-Laurier Institute, March 29, 2017. [92 minutes] “Is Canada’s at-times lamentable history the engine that propelled us to a more modern, enlightened future? Can the flaws of our historical figures be explained in the context of their times? Or should we continue to feel ashamed of the calamitous chapters of our past?”
Tremonti, Anna-Maria. “What Does Canada 150 Mean for Indigenous Communities?” The Current. CBC, March 16, 2017. A podcast featuring interviews with three Indigenous community leaders
Canada: The Story of Us
A Group of Canadian History Experts Discuss Some of the Different Perspectives on Our History | CBC Canada 2017, 2017. The CBC’s discussion of its controversial commemorative program, and a panel of historians addressing the show.