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How Well do You Know Your History?

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In Search of History…
I belong to a private facebook group where we are trying to reconnect to family members all over the world. As new members join, they share the bit of family history that they know. As other closer relatives respond to them, identifying their common bond through that branch of the family tree, there is a palpable joy and excitement to feel connected with one’s kin. There happens to be some on the European continent, some in central America, some in South America, but most in the Caribbean.
We hope you will feel similar excitement as you piece together snippets of history which might resonate with you because of your family connections.  As you become engaged with the information here, if you read anything which links your family’s history, or that of your village, your town, or your province to Canadian History, we would love to hear from you.

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Christian father of Confederation: Sir Adams George Archibald (1814 – 1892)

Christian Father of Confederation – Adams George Archibald

Claim To Fame: Established the Province of Manitoba

Early Life and Influences

Sir Adams George Archibald was a politician and a lawyer born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1814. He descended from a family of Irish Protestants from Londonderry where the Protestant / Catholic animosity ran high.

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The Supreme Court, The Law Society and You… or your Children

Judgement shall return unto righteousness. Psalm 94:15 

When I was a child, I sang the following Hymn:

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King? Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?

Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe? Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?

By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine, We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

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We will be looking at the current problem with justice, God’s standard of justice, Plan B for training our own lawyers, the early history of the legal profession and the next legal battle looming for Ontario lawyers.

The Current Problem:  On Friday June 15th the Supreme Court of Canada made a ruling, disallowing Trinity Western University from having a proposed law school. According to the National Post, there were going to be 60 more law school places available.

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The Purchase of Alaska

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The purchase of Alaska was influenced by a few important intersecting issues. Russia was selling off assets to pay its debts; there was the fear of conquest by a stronger nation, whether the US or Britain, and there was the over-trapping of sea otters to their near extinction.

In the end, the United States benefited from the purchase by expanding the trade in seal furs, with investment marketing and creative financing, turning it into a more lucrative business than the Russians ever had.

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The Story of Rupert’s Land: Part 1 From Fur Trade To Rebellion

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Britain’s claim of Rupert’s Land by the Doctrine of Discovery, proved to be one of their most lucrative investment opportunities for the fur trade. That led to expansion of colonization into the heart of North America, giving rise to a level of agricultural production never seen before. Eventually, the purchase of Rupert’s Land by Canada resulted in its division into the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

The purchase of Rupert’s Land from Britain was wrapped up in many issues. The process by which Rupert’s Land was incorporated into Canada is full of interesting details and tensions. Continue reading “The Story of Rupert’s Land: Part 1 From Fur Trade To Rebellion”

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Canada-US Trade Treaties… History Repeating Itself Since 1834

Canada-US Trade Treaties… History Repeating Itself Since 1834


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  In the last month, the news that has been eclipsing Canadian and US News feeds, and social media is the latest fallout over the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the US.  Trump vs. Trudeau

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Our Vision – ChristianRoots Canada

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                                  Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 

Our vision of teaching Canadian History from a Biblical Perspective, began in 2011 when my husband, Tim, and I began hosting homeschoolers from Southern Ontario in our home south of Ottawa. These students, their parents and their co-op leaders all wanted to learn about Canadian History from a Christian perspective.

I, Lynette, first started teaching this material, for the local homeschool co-op to which our family belonged when our son was still in high school. When I taught those first classes in my home, I encouraged many parents to sit in on those classes. At the end of the lessons they would often remark, ‘I never knew… ‘. This was in response any number of bits of information they heard taught.

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Canadian Bible School Movement (2)

The Influence of the Movement on Canadian Protestantism

Last week I dealt with the complex origins of the Bible College Movement in Canada and its influence upon Canadian and international Protestantism. Now it is time to consider why the movement has been so influential among Canadians and Canadian Protestantism. As Burkinshaw asks: “How did these schools, often considered insignificant and academically unsophisticated, and almost always operating on shoestring budgets, become so influential in Canada?”[1]

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Canadian Bible School Movement (1)

Much has been written about the Canadian and the American Bible School Movement of the 20th Century, because this movement has had a massive impact on the Christian church, not only in Canada, but also in the foreign mission field. Indeed, a considerable number of people have attended these colleges across Canada.

I too have taken several classes at one of these Bible colleges: Vanguard College (Northwest Bible College). Burkinshaw writes that “A conservative estimate indicates that at least 200,000 people have spent at least one academic term at a Canadian Bible school or college”[1] of which some 60,000 have graduated.[2]  (Just so you know, that number was taken in 1997, so I was not part of that 200,000). An example of a Canadian Bible College would be the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta. It has trained and sent several thousand missionaries onto the foreign field.[3]

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Whatever Happened to Christian Canada?

I kind of hope that title catches you by surprise – I certainly had to take a second look at it. It unmistakably implies that Canada was at one time a Christian nation. Indeed, Canada was a Christian nation throughout much of its history. The evidence for this is everywhere. To list just a few obvious places: the national anthem, Canada’s motto from Psalm 72:8 (a mari usque ad mare), and the motto of many of our universities (a topic which we plan to discuss in the near future). So whatever happened to Christian Canada?
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What’s useful about studying history?

History for many children and teenagers is considered, at the very least, a dull enterprise. At the most, it is the stuff of nightmares to teach and listen to. It is also one of the more forgotten courses to teach. A busy homeschooling mother may be inclined to just teach math, English, and science. Afterall history is not inherently useful for the education of a child. Or is it?

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