February-March 2017

See what’s inside this issue of Canada’s History magazine.

Posted February 1, 2017

February–March 2017


Refugee Crisis

When thousands of Sioux people from the Dakota territory fled to Canada with the U.S. army hot on their heels, cross-border complications followed. by Garrett Wilson.

Unsettling Scenes

Recently uncovered paintings offer a remarkable perspective on the Frog Lake Massacre and the Northwest Rebellion. by Jon Dellandrea Read a version of this article

Letters from Pauline

Pauline Vanier’s wartime correspondence sheds new light on the vibrant personality of a distinguished Canadian. by Mary Frances Coady

Beyond Winnie

They dance, they wrestle, they maul: Bears have had an uneasy time of it in their roles as pets, mascots, and roadside attractions. by Mike Commito and Ben Bradley Read a condensed version of this article

Lava Land

The history of Canada’s volcanic past is written in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. auline Vanier’s wartime correspondence sheds new light on the vibrant personality of a distinguished Canadian. by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts Read a condensed version of this article

On the cover

This portrait of Lakota leader Sitting Bull was taken by David Frances Barry, likely after 1881. Many of Barry’s photos became iconic images of the American West.


Editor’s Note

Framing the past

The Packet

Good times. Indigenous realities. Reel news. The great ones. Ukrainian landmarks. Wilfrid’s ways. De Monts gets his due.


A rock that rocks Winnipeg. Hollywood’s Canuck connection. Celebrating Montreal’s groundbreaking photographer William Notman.

Trading Post

Inuit snow goggles. Plus stories from more than nine decades of The Beaver magazine.

Christopher Moore

The venerable Maclean’s magazine moves into the digital era.


Reviews: Hazardous embrace. Prairie encounters. Pragmatic accommodation. Teaching culture. More books: Busy beavers, practical painter, striking miners, African Canadians. Q&A: Robert Sweeny on Montreal’s industrialization. Read them all

History Matters

Celebrating Canada’s history makers at the Governor General’s History Awards.


DNA testing, sometimes a gimmick, can be a godsend for genealogists. Read more


A whale of a tale from Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.


Workers cut track ties at a Canadian Pacific Railway portable sawmill in British Columbia.

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