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The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.

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The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.

    Kanesatake 300 Years Later

    Kanesatake 300 Years Later

    Anniversaries can be a strange thing in Canada, depending on who you are and which side you're watching from. It's been 30 years since an event you may know as the Oka crisis; but that's not where the story begins for this podcast. In this first part of a two part episode, Leah and Falen look at the 300 year lead up to the “crisis” on Mohawk land.

    • 33 min
    S3: Crash Course on Dr. James Barry and Victoria’s Transgender archives

    S3: Crash Course on Dr. James Barry and Victoria’s Transgender archives

    How we should think and talk about Trans and Non-Binary people who lived well before those terms existed? In this Crash Course, we explore that question through the story of Dr. James Barry, a celebrated military surgeon. With the help of Dr. Aaron Devor, Chair of Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria, we also learn how Victoria B.C. ended up with the world's largest Transgender archives. For more information about the archives visit www.uvic.ca/transgenderarchives

    • 12 min
    S3: What's the deal with blackface?

    S3: What's the deal with blackface?

    In this episode we look into the past to try to figure out why some present-day people are still doing blackface — including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We talk to Dr. Cheryl Thompson and look at what a minstrel show is, what “O, Canada” has to do with it, and how Canadian universities are connected. We also give a quick breakdown of blackface in entertainment — Kim Kardashian and her spray tan are on notice. (Note: This episode was recorded in January 2020, before the pandemic.)

    • 44 min
    S3: Crash Course on Black Nurses

    S3: Crash Course on Black Nurses

    In this Crash Course we look into the surprisingly young history of Black nurses in Canada and why many of these women had to travel to the U.S. for their education. We also take a look at the story of the Black Cross Nurses and how Black nurses went from shutouts to leaders in a matter of decades.

    • 10 min
    S3: Where is Japantown?

    S3: Where is Japantown?

    Why isn't there a Japantown in every major city across Canada? This episode, we look into early Japanese Canadian history and figure out the “Asiatic Exclusion League” is not what we thought it was. Then, with the help of Lisa Uyeda from the Nikkei Museum we connect the dots between internment during the Second World War and the huge fallout for multiple generations. And what happened when theatre artists Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, found out their families were both sent to Tashme — the largest internment camp in B.C.

    • 56 min
    S3: Crash Course on "Uncle Tom"

    S3: Crash Course on "Uncle Tom"

    Today we try to figure out the true story of Uncle Tom, with the help of Dr. Cheryl Thompson. You may know “Uncle Tom” as a derogatory term. Or from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. But the name’s also linked to Josiah Henson, who escaped to Canada through the Underground Railroad. So which one is right?

    • 17 min

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872 Ratings

samjillanderson ,

Proof that history is NOT for making you fall asleep

Thank you for filling so many holes you should never have had to fill. These histories are essential to understanding the world we live in. These episodes both represent and create so much hard work, love, dedication, and hope. 👏👏👏👏👏👏

Mellie_M ,

Stuff not taught when I was in school.

I’ve learned so much from this podcast about Canada. The episodes are thought provoking, entertaining and educational. Falen and Leah-Simone are wonderful hosts, I love their insight. I’ve recommended this podcast to many friends. Keep up the excellent work!

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Best. Canadian. Podcast. Ever! Learning so much and really thankful that this history is coming to the forefront.

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