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Forty-Six Years Ago Lightfoot Highlighted a Racial Issue

Cherokee Bend (1975) This song has been haunting my sleep. That probably means I need to write something about it. The story isn’t new, and in this case, fictionalized, but the recent news of unmarked graves at so many Residential … Continue reading

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We’ve been told to contemplate our history today…

Canada Day, 2021 This image is our usual way of making fun of ourselves. But this year due to the ‘discovery’ of unmarked graves at residential schools across Canada, our national celebrations have been toned down, and we are being … Continue reading

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As Missionary to the Huron, He was Killed by the Iroquois

Jean de Brébeuf (March 25, 1593 – March 16, 1649) I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, but it seems to me that this Jesuit priest tried and failed to bring peace to the Huron and the … Continue reading

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The Huron Didn’t “Eat Him”: They Beat Him in a One-Sided Melee

The Murder of Étienne Brûlé (June 30, 1633) When someone is knocked off his high horse, we say he has been brought down a peg or two. The Huron Bear tribe were not cannibals. So the inference that they ate … Continue reading

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The Man Credited with Creating Canada

Samuel de Champlain (August 13, 1567 – December 25, 1635) When I was young, I knew all about this man, but I was never impressed with his story. I always wondered why. But I know better now. As this chart … Continue reading

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Here’s How Much the Past Impinges on My Present Life

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland, Ontario . . . . . . . All for this…

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Here’s the Prototype White Man ‘Gone Native’:

Étienne Brûlé (March 15, 1592 – June 30, 1633) OK. This post is going to be mostly speculative. Even Étienne Brûlé‘s birth and death details are sketchy, but as I’ve learned during this process of research into the past, there … Continue reading

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Was There Something in the Air That Year?

No Man’s Brother (1984) There I was, writing a book about furtrading in the Canadian North, and suddenly I realized I’d been pipped at the post. Obviously, these things happen, but it knocked the wind out of my literary sails. … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (VIII)

Chapter Eight Meanwhile, Pierre was dreaming, too. But his dream was not pleasant. In fact, he was having a nightmare about his close brush with death at the hands of his Mohawk capturers. Scenes of scalding, joint amputations, beatings and … Continue reading

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The Beaver House (VII)

Chapter Seven Kijik lay on her mat, a satisfied smile playing at the corners of her lips. She’d been dreaming of her god-spirit and he had been showing her intimacies that had so far eluded her experience. With each dream-vision, … Continue reading

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