7 episodes

A podcast series where each episode marks a key anniversary in Canadian history. The podcast draws connections between past and present, allowing everyone, from history buffs to new Canadians, to contextualize current events and foster critical thinking about the country's future.
All episodes are hosted by Angela Misri.
This podcast receives funding from the Government of Canada and is created by The Walrus Lab.

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Canadian Time Machine The Walrus Podcasts

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    • 4.6 • 12 Ratings

A podcast series where each episode marks a key anniversary in Canadian history. The podcast draws connections between past and present, allowing everyone, from history buffs to new Canadians, to contextualize current events and foster critical thinking about the country's future.
All episodes are hosted by Angela Misri.
This podcast receives funding from the Government of Canada and is created by The Walrus Lab.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Of fugitives and orators: The characters behind the RCMP’s complicated history

    Of fugitives and orators: The characters behind the RCMP’s complicated history

    In May 2023, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) commemorated its 150th anniversary. The federal police force – which originally started out as the North-West Mounted Police –  is almost as old as the Dominion of Canada itself. This episode examines the complex and painful history of an institution that has historically mistreated Indigenous peoples and women. It also takes us back to the scene of one of the RCMP’s largest manhunts –  the search for fugitive Albert Johnson, also known as “The Mad Trapper.” Our guests on this episode are Sam Karikas, CEO of the RCMP Heritage Centre, and Jean Teillet, a recently retired Métis lawyer, author, and lecturer, who is also the great-grand niece of Louis Riel. This episode also has a counterpart on the French feed for this show! If you want to listen to more about the history of Louis Riel and the RCMP, head over to the podcast called “Voyages Dans L'Histoire Canadienne.”
    To read the episode transcripts in French and English, and to learn more about historic Canadian milestones, please visit thewalrus.ca/canadianheritage.
    This podcast receives funding from The Government of Canada and is produced by The Walrus Lab.

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    • 29 min
    ‘Humiliation Day’, A Look Back at the Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act

    ‘Humiliation Day’, A Look Back at the Impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese-Canadians have a long history in Canada. In the 1880s, thousands of Chinese men helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway for a fraction of the wages paid to other labourers. Immediately after the railroad's completion, the Canadian government imposed the head tax, a fee that was exclusively applied to most people arriving from China. Soon enough, though, the government found that the head tax was not "enough" to dissuade immigration, and on July 1st, 1923, they passed the Chinese Immigration Act, also known as The Exclusion Act. The law barred Chinese immigrants from entering for nearly 25 years, with very few exceptions, and many came to refer to the date the law was passed as “Humiliation Day”. In this episode we’ll hear about the intergenerational impacts of the legislation on Vancouverite Gillian Der and her family. We’ll also speak to Dr. Melissa Lee, the CEO of the Chinese Canadian Museum. She’ll tell us about an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the law, called "The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act,” which features identity documents collected from the time of the head tax through the years of the Exclusion Act.
    To read the episode transcripts in French and English, and to learn more about historic Canadian milestones, please visit thewalrus.ca/canadianheritage.
    This podcast receives funding from The Government of Canada and is produced by The Walrus Lab.

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    • 20 min
    Introducing Canadian Time Machine

    Introducing Canadian Time Machine

    Why did the Yukon split from the Northwest territories? Who were the first inhabitants of Prince Edward Island?  Plus… what does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mean for Canadians?
    Welcome to season two of Canadian Time Machine –  a podcast that unpacks key milestones in our country’s history. This podcast receives funding from the Government of Canada and is created by The Walrus Lab.


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    • 1 min
    50th anniversary of the Decorations for Bravery

    50th anniversary of the Decorations for Bravery

    In 2022, Canada celebrated its 50th anniversary of the Decorations for Bravery. The medals recognize courageous Canadians who risk their lives trying to save others from imminent danger. In this episode, we speak with former Governor General, Madame Adrienne Clarkson, about what she's learned from the everyday heroes she awarded during her tenure. We'll also hear from Russ Fee, a Medal of Bravery recipient who saved a family from a wolf attack. To read the episode transcript in French and English and to learn more about historic Canadian milestones, please visit thewalrus.ca/canadianheritage.
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    • 47 min
    175e Anniversaire De la Migration Irlandaise au Canada Pendant La Grande Famine

    175e Anniversaire De la Migration Irlandaise au Canada Pendant La Grande Famine

    En 1845 la Grande Famine est arrivée en Irlande. Pendant les années qui ont suivi, on a trouvé un grande exode d'Irlandais. Cette migration massive a changé profondément la face de la culture irlandaise.
    Le Canada était une destination importante pour les migrants qui arrivaient d’Irlande. Dans cet épisode, nous sommes rejoints par Laurent Colantonio, Professeur à L'Université de Québec à Montréal, un expert au sujet de la Grande Famine en Irlande. Également, nous avons Lori Morrison, Vice Présidente de la United Irish Societies of Montreal qui va partager avec nous l'impact des Irlandais sur l'identité Canadienne, et surtout à Montréal.
    Pour découvrir d’autres découvrire d’autres histoires au sujet des jalons Canadiens veuillez visiter thewalrus.ca/patrimoinecanadien

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    • 35 min
    50th Anniversary of the Ugandan Asian Resettlement

    50th Anniversary of the Ugandan Asian Resettlement

    In August 1972, Ugandan President Idi Amin announced that all residents of Asian descent had to leave the country within 90 days. The expulsion impacted over 50,000 people — many of whom had ties to East Africa for several generations. 
    Canada played a crucial role in helping resettle over 7,000 Ugandan asylum seekers. In this episode, we’ll hear from two people who were resettled in Canada following the expulsion order: historian and anthropologist Zulfikar Hirji, and writer/editor Tasneem Jamal. To read the episode transcript in French and English and to learn more about historic Canadian milestones, please visit thewalrus.ca/canadianheritage.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

RoninKengo ,

A fresh perspective on Canadian history!

Canadian Time Machine opened my eyes to overlooked chapters of Canadian history both great and terrible. I’m a huge history buff so it’s always refreshing to find a new stories and accounts of known historical events that aren’t talked about enough.

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