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A Great Healing Machine
Raised by McGill University, the field hospital where poet-surgeon Dr. John McCrae served during the First World War advanced medical knowledge and saved thousands of lives. by Tim Cook
Secrets of the Ruins
An excavation of the Parliament of the Province of Canada reveals glimpses of political life in Victorian-era Montreal. by François Gignac, Louise Pothier, and Hendrik Van Gijseghem Read the article
On the Cover
Black and white photo of John McCrae against a red backdrop with poppies.
In The Beaver
We Are All Treaty People
Understanding the spirit and intent of the Treaties signed between the Crown and First Nations matters to all of us. by Karine Duhamel Read the article
The Founding of Fort Severn
Defying blackflies and permafrost, Mushkego Cree hunters and English fur traders established Ontario’s northernmost community more than 250 years ago. by Jean-Luc Pilon and Chris Koostachin
A National Crime
One hundred years ago, Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce exposed the horrifying death toll among children in residential schools. by Miles Morrisseau Read the article
Saved From the Wreckage
After his ship foundered, an intrepid botanist trekked hundreds of kilometres through ice and snow to bring his prized specimens home. by Bill Waiser Read the article
On the Cover
Helen Kalvak’s 1969 print From People to Animals (stonecut on paper, Co-op/50, 45.6 x 61 cm) appears on the cover of The Beaver supplement in this issue. Born in 1901 on Victoria Island, she died in 1984 at Holman (now Ulukhaktok), N.W.T., where she settled in 1960 and began her career as a graphic artist. After helping to establish the Holman Eskimo Co-operative in 1961, Kalvak created drawings for craft items such as parkas and mittens. They portrayed traditional Copper Inuit life but also stories she learned from her father, who trained her as an angakuk, or shaman. Many of her drawings represent interrelationships between human and animal worlds, such as the transformation between an angakuk and animal spirit helpers or guides. More than 150 of her drawings were made into prints for sale as art, including stonecuts by printmaker Harry Egotak such as From People to Animals. Kalvak was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was appointed to the Order of Canada.
An ode to resilience.
Famine thoughts. Fuelling curiosity.
Fiftieth anniversary of The Beachcombers. From the Archives: The Hudson’s Bay Company’s furgrading and cold-storage operations in London, England. Nanaimo Concert Band marks its sesquicentennial.
A silver-plated rim lock was used for the boardroom at Hudson’s Bay House in England.
Exploring a Nova Scotia canal that turned out to be a route to ruin for its investors. At the museums: Inuit worlds, polar explorer, ancient medicine.
Trade relations. Civic enterprise. Fragmented families. Policy influencer. More books: Journalist father, New Brunswick boyfriends, Kootenays railways, women during war, N.L. fishing town. Read them all
A time of renewal at Canada’s History Society.
A military baseball team manager meets senior officers during the First World War.