October-November 2023

See what’s available in the October-November 2023 issue of Canada’s History.

Posted September 25, 2023

October-November 2023


Nobel Pursuit

Ernest Rutherford’s Montreal research won the world’s top science prize. by John Hardy

Over the Top

How a photographer faked Canada’s most iconic battlefield images. by Carla-Jean Stokes 

On the Cover

Black and white photo, taken by photographer Ivor Castle, of First World War soldiers climbing out of a trench.

In The Beaver


Tides of Change

Made of wood, bone, and animal skins, traditional Inuit kayaks were a marvel of naval engineering. by Noah Nochasak Watch the video

A Silk for a Pelt

The fur-trading women of New France dealt in luxury goods across the Atlantic Ocean.by Sienna Vittoria Lefebvre Read the article

The Numbered Treaties

Western Canada’s Treaties were intended to provide frameworks for respectful coexistence. by Wabi Benais Mistatim Equay (Cynthia Bird) Read the article

On the Cover

Brent Hardisty is a woodland-style painter who works in acrylics on canvas. His spiritual name is Niiwin Binesi, which, roughly translated from Anishnaabemowin, means Four Birds. Hardisty was raised on Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Northern Ontario. He spent eight years living and working in Toronto before moving back home. While in Toronto, he was greatly influenced by the city’s graffiti subculture. His current artistic style has several influences, including his upbringing in northern Ontario and his appreciation of the works of Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau.


Editor’s Note

Changing course.

The Packet

Difficult decisions. Attending physician. Taking notes.


Abolitionist’s legacy enshrined. Mohawk language dictionary. Welcoming Chinese refugees. From the archives: Holiday messages of hope. Bronco busting in Alberta. Drawing the line.


At the museums: Artist Jean Paul Riopelle is being celebrated with several exhibitions marking the centenary of his birth.


Fractured topography. Campus in the clouds. Revolutionary solidarity. More books: Working
women, travelling salesman, northern light. Read them all

Trading Post

Netsilingmiut people converted metal from an abandoned ship into an oil lamp.

History Matters

Reflecting on the biases that influence our views of the past.


A factory foreman meets Prime Minister John Diefenbaker during an election campaign.

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