HISTORY Why French? Why not Nsyilxcen?

Language has been a divisive issue since the founding of Canada. While dormant for some time, the flammable tinder of a nasty debate has been lit once again by the federal government. In 1969, The Official Languages Act (1969) had ensconced English and French as the country’s two official languages. In 1977, the Government of Quebec implemented The Charter of the French Language …

The Strange Effect of Internment Camps

To be truly Canadian, it helps to be her enemy, first. Take, for example, the experience of German and Japanese Canadians in wartime internment camps. Prior to the First World War, Germans had immigrated to Canada in large numbers, especially during the mid and late 1800s. They held high with immense pride their culture and traditions—Saengerfeste, Turnvereine, Oktoberfest. They built their …