Taste of Canada...
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Taste of Canada...

Taste of Canada...
All we are and yes, we eat that. Photo credit: "I love Canada" by Charlie Girard. Who is not Canadian

Something to read: The untold story of the Hudson’s Bay Company

This telling of the HBC starts in London, the epicentre of the British Empire. It starts there because although the story of the HBC is a Canadian story, it’s a transnational one, too. It’s the story of an English company claiming and helping to colonize huge swathes of North America, inhabited by sovereign Indigenous nations. From London parlours to Cree communities to the U.S. Senate, it’s a story that connects Canadian history to world history — to the demands of European consumers, the decisions of English officials, the aspirations of Scottish traders and the futures of diverse Indigenous Peoples. It reminds us that although Indigenous history is inseparable from Canadian history, they aren’t always the same. Well before the establishment of Canada, which was never a foregone conclusion, Indigenous actors interacted with British actors as representatives of their own communities and nations. The HBC has become a part of Canadian history. But it’s a story that predates Canada, the making of which is only one small telling. In other words, the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company is a global story for our global era.

Something to watch: The Sweater

In this animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice "Rocket" Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, the boy was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton's. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This short film, based on the book The Hockey Sweater, is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

[Take a moment to explore the entire National Film Board website with iconic Canadian shorts such as the Oscar-nominated The Cat Came Back, The Log Driver's Waltz and The Big Snit]

Something to try: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump 360 virtual Tour [click on "SeeVirtual360" and have your sound on]

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. Through vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming, learn about the cultural significance of this cliff to the Plains People.

Something to listen to: Cape Breton Step Dance and Fiddle (video)

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. North America's only living Celtic culture thrives here, and you can be sure we know how to put on a Ceilidh that will keep you on your feet! With more fiddlers per capita than any other destination in the world, you won't have to look far to find some jigs and reels. Just ask a local where the party is and we can show you a move or two! Mac Morin and Wendy MacIsaac perform during a Gaelic College Ceilidh.

Something to play: Canadian Checkers

The game was invented by the French settlers of Quebec, Canada; it was named Grand jeu de dames. It is unknown when the game was first played in Canada. The huff rule (a player who fails to make a capturing move when one is available is penalised by having the piece that could have performed the capture "huffed" or removed from the board.) was dropped in 1880 after a dispute developed during the Canadian championship match. Canadian Checkers follows the same rules and conventions as international draughts, the only differences are the larger gameboard (12×12 squares instead of 10×10), and more checkers per player (30 instead of 20).

Something to... OMG hahaha!!: Trying Canadian Snacks

Oh Henry...

“But then,” thought Alice, “shall I never get any older than I am now? That’ll be a comfort, one way–never to be an old woman–but then–always to have lessons to learn! Oh, I shouldn’t like that!”
original illustration by John Tenniel