In Hindsight: Half a Century of Research Discoveries in Canadian History

In Hindsight: Half a Century of Research Discoveries in Canadian History

Following the model of old‐fashioned radio, Dr. Donald B. Smith, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Calgary, will present a series of 20 weekly broadcasts on different Indigenous and non‐Indigenous personalities in 19th and 20th century Canadian history.

Episodes

October 24, 2023 40 mins
Final Episode: A reflection on the ways in which the research and writing in Canadian history have changed in our lifetimes.
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An extraordinary scholar’s contribution to our knowledge of Canadian history. Introducing how historical writing has been altered in the digital age.
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The Temagami Land Claim Conference, Bear Island, Lake Temagami, July 1982. As one participant (Mary Black Rogers) later recalled, it was “like an Agatha Christie—all the guests arriving from distant points, meeting in an isolated spot.”
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June 6, 2023 34 mins
Lester Pearson and Indigenous Canada, a world barely visible to the mid-20th century prime minister (1963-1968).
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May 30, 2023 36 mins
The intriguing context surrounding the address of assimilationist Duncan Campbell Scott, Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, at the Victoria College chapel, Toronto, in 1925.
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May 23, 2023 24 mins
The Mohawk founder of the cross-Canada League of Indians of Canada, 1918.
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May 16, 2023 30 mins
The contributions over two-thirds of a century of Hugh Dempsey, Dean of Alberta Historians, to the history of his province.
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May 9, 2023 27 mins
Calgary’s extraordinary Grande Dame of music in the early 20th century.
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The tragic story of a remarkable Ontario couple in Alberta, 1910s, told through their surviving rich correspondence of over 550 letters.
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Shahwahnegezhik’s sons and their dedicated Ontario teacher, Elizabeth Barrett, who made a difference.
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Louis Riel’s secretary in 1884/85. A significant historical figure?
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March 28, 2023 26 mins
Canada’s first prime minister’s influence on the development of Canada’s Indian Policy, 1844-1876, and the First Nations.
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March 21, 2023 27 mins
One of the last British Superintendent Generals of Indian Affairs in the Canadas, 1855.
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March 14, 2023 38 mins
The extraordinary Mississauga woman who had an audience with Queen Victoria, 1860.
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March 7, 2023 26 mins
Sir Augustus d'Este and Egerton Ryerson, two non-Indigenous friends of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
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Sir Augustus d'Este and Egerton Ryerson, two non-Indigenous friends of the Mississaugas of the Credit.
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February 28, 2023 31 mins
More on the Mississauga, and the gruesome tale of David Ramsay, "Indian Killer."
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February 20, 2023 26 mins
The Mississauga Chief Kahkewaquonaby (Sacred Feathers), known in English as Peter Jones, and his English bride, Eliza Field. Portrait of a marriage.
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February 14, 2023 29 mins
The Glorious Imposter. The famous writer of the 1920s, author of Long Lance (1928). Indigenous or Non-Indigenous? Or both?
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February 7, 2023 23 mins
Archie Belaney in England, Grey Owl in Canada. On 14 April 1938, the day after his death, the Toronto Globe and Mail referred to Grey Owl, one of Canada’s first environmentalists, as the “most famous of Canadian Indians.” Who really was he?
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