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Know History at Historic Calgary Week

Know History at Historic Calgary Week

July 30, 2021

Historic Calgary Week 2021 Our Calgary team had a great week participating in Historic Calgary Week hosted by Chinook County Historical Society. We attended online and in person events around the city and presented at two seminars. An Introduction to Oral History: A Practical Demonstration On Thursday July 29, Tom Van Dewark and MacKenzie Brash led an oral history workshop...

An introduction to Canadian Residential Schools

An introduction to Canadian Residential Schools

July 7, 2021

On July 13 and 15, Know History hosted an introductory webinar explaining the history of the residential school system in Canada, its origins, policies, and impacts. Over 2,000 people registered for the presentation that described the role of both the federal government, and the missionaries and churches who ran the schools.   Click here to view the resource list from...

Ojibwe Spirit Horses

Ojibwe Spirit Horses

June 19, 2021

Trina Simard, Producer of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and avid Equestrian, recently met with CTV to share the story of four rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses brought to the National Capital Region by Indigenous Experiences. Long believed to be the only equine breed developed by Indigenous people, these docile and well-tempered horses originally lived freely alongside different Indigenous...

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

June 7, 2021

We are very excited to be sponsoring the 2021 Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival!  Know History is sponsoring the Traditional Knowledge segments featured during the International Pow Wow Competition, and the Family Cultural Connections Program! International Pow Wow Competition The SSIF International Pow Wow Competition brings together hundreds of dancers from stunning locations across North America to compete for $30,000 in...

Indigenous Women and Violence: Reflecting on MMIWG two years after the Inquiry’s Final Report

Indigenous Women and Violence: Reflecting on MMIWG two years after the Inquiry’s Final Report

June 3, 2021

By Karine Duhamel As a society, we are used to speaking about violence in the language of crisis. Stories reported in the media often focus on a moment in time – the combination of factors that, when combined, lead to death. Similarly, the idea of a “new awareness” on the part of society to violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls,...

Situating Early Residential Schools in Settler Canadian Society

Situating Early Residential Schools in Settler Canadian Society

June 1, 2021

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) and Know History will be co-hosting the upcoming virtual panel: Situating Early Residential Schools in Settler Canadian Society. Join us on June 15, at 12:00 PM EST.The event will be held virtually over Zoom, is free to attend, and everyone is welcome! Discussion about Canada’s Indian Residential Schools often suggest that these harmful institutions...

Colonialism + Identity - Part 3

Colonialism + Identity - Part 3

May 21, 2021

This blog is part of a three-part series on colonialism and identity.  Click here to see Part I: Legal Control of Identity or Part II: Standardization and Dehumanization. What does an Indigenous person look like? What do they sound like? Do they have specific careers? Do they live in a different place? A wider impact of colonialism on Indigenous identity is all...

Colonialism + Identity - Part 2

Colonialism + Identity - Part 2

April 6, 2021

Introduction This blog is part of a three-part series on colonialism and identity. To see Part I: Legal Control of Identity, click here. Colonialism has impacted, controlled, and, in some cases, changed Indigenous identities. As an Indigenous person who also happens to be a historian, it is evident that the qualities that shaped Canada were heavily dependent on my ancestors’...

Water is Life | Neskantaga First Nation

Water is Life | Neskantaga First Nation

March 23, 2021

More than 26 years after receiving a boil water advisory the people of Neskantaga First Nation are still asking for safe water - a basic human right. The lack of safe water in this community has significantly decreased the quality of life for its members resulting in medical, health, and safety issues. Following two decades of failure to resolve the...

Water is much more than a resource: it’s a relative

Water is much more than a resource: it’s a relative

March 22, 2021

By Karine Duhamel March 22nd marks World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to celebrate and protect clean water. Too many people view water as a resource: something we consume that is necessary for life, and that people in many parts of the world can’t access. But understanding water only as a resource is problematic. It often...