The Ottawa Historical Association is pleased to present a panel on the process of seeking employment with the government of Canada for those with academic backgrounds in History. The panel will discuss topics such as what to expect when applying for jobs in the government, how to leverage an education in history when seeking employment, and what to expect after getting a job in the government. We will hear from two government employees with education in History: Daniel Pellerin and Caroline D’Amours, followed by a bilingual Q&A
The link to the virtual event will be sent by email to ticket holders on Sunday evening, March 20 (and later for late comers).
Dan Pellerin is a strategic analyst at the Department of National Defence. He completed his Ph.D. in history in 2016 at the University of Ottawa, where his research focused on Canadian infantry training during the Second World War. Prior to the start of his career in the Public Service in 2017, he worked as a freelance research consultant at various organizations in the National Capital Region including the Canadian Museum of History.
Caroline D’Amours, PhD is currently an historian at Parks Canada where she is also one of the inscriptions coordinators for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. She received her PhD in military history from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on Canadian infantry training from 1939 to 1945 and on the participation of Quebec society in the Second World War. Her most recent contributions are featured in the Journal of Military History and Social History. D’Amours is currently preparing a book on the contribution of the Lower Saint-Lawrence during the Second World War.
“Electricity, now-a-days, almost symbolises Civilisation.” This quotation, taken from a c. 1951 report by the Central Waterpower Irrigation and Navigation Commission of the Government of India, states plainly the objective of waterpower development in the “hinterlands” of states during this era. Disconnected from the administrative state, often largely populated by Indigenous or other minority ethnic groups, yet rich in potential for natural resource development, the hinterlands of modern states posed challenges and opportunities for governments in the mid-twentieth century, and to a great extent, still do. Hydroelectric power offered governments a technical solution to perceived political and economic problems. During this period Canada saw a growth in the international potential of its consulting engineer sector. As the federal government in Canada sought to develop its own hinterlands, partly by providing hydroelectric power to these regions, they also supported the growth of Canada’s consulting engineering sector abroad, by promoting their businesses through the foreign aid program. This talk will examine two hydroelectric projects built during the same era, the mid-1950s, one in Canada in the Yukon Territory, and one in India in the state of Assam (present-day Meghalaya), and both funded by the Canadian state. Both projects involved the Montreal Engineering Company, a politically-well connected consulting engineering firm. Though such projects achieved the goal of providing cheaper electricity to these hinterland regions, they had major consequence for the Indigenous peoples that lived in the areas where the dams were constructed, a consequence of little concern to those in power at that time.
Dr Jill Campbell-Miller is Adjunct Professor of History, Saint Mary’s University
A link to the virtual event will be sent to registrants on Sunday evening, 13 February.
by Daniel Rück, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa, Dept of History & Institute of Indigenous Research & Studies (https://danrueck.com/ )
The book, launched in September 2021 by University of British Columbia Press, describes the unfolding and disruption of a relationship between Canada and Kahnawà:ke, a Kanien’kehá:ka nation only 200 km downriver from Ottawa. Daniel Rück will introduce the book and the story of this broken, colonial relationship.
As the settler state of Canada expanded into Indigenous lands, settlers dispossessed Indigenous people and undermined their sovereignty as nations. One site of invasion was Kahnawà:ke, a Kanien’kehá:ka community and part of the Rotinonhsiónni confederacy.
The Laws and the Land delineates the establishment of a settler colonial relationship from early contact ways of sharing land; land practices under Kahnawà:ke law; the establishment of modern Kahnawà:ke in the context of French imperial claims; intensifying colonial invasions under British rule; and ultimately the Canadian invasion in the guise of the Indian Act, private property, and coercive pressure to assimilate. Daniel Rück reveals increasingly powerful and aggressive colonial governments interfering with the affairs of one of the most populous and influential Indigenous communities in nineteenth-century Canada. What he describes is an invasion spearheaded by bureaucrats, Indian agents, politicians, surveyors, and entrepreneurs. Although these invasions were often chaotic and poorly planned, Rück shows that despite their apparent weaknesses they tended to benefit settlers while becoming sources of oppression for Indigenous peoples who attempted to navigate colonial realities while defending and building their own nations.
This original, meticulously researched book is deeply connected to larger issues of human relations with environments, communal and individual ways of relating to land, legal pluralism, historical racism and inequality, and Indigenous resurgence. It is one story of the “slow violence” of Canada’s legal and environmental conquest of Indigenous peoples and lands, and the persistence of one Indigenous nation in the face of the onslaught. This book will appeal to legal historians, historical geographers, and scholars of Quebec history, Canadian history, and Indigenous studies.
‘’Le peuple de France […] n’a rien oublié’’ : la France et l’édification du monument commémoratif canadien de Vimy, 1922-1936
Conférence virtuelle, Mardi le 16 Novembre, 19:00
par Martin Laberge, Futur Président de l’Association, Département des sciences sociales, Université du Québec en Outaouais
L’histoire de l’édification du monument canadien de la crête de Vimy a été l’objet de nombreux travaux historiques. Cependant, il n’existe pas d’analyse observant le processus du point de vue français. Pourtant, les archives, les décrets officiels, les projets de loi ainsi que la presse de l’époque témoignent de la perspective française à propos de l’inauguration du monument. Ces documents exposent l’appropriation de l’événement par les décideurs et la population française en rappelant la solidarité qui unissait les alliés dans leur lutte contre l’Allemagne. Cette communication a donc pour objectif de démontrer comment l’inauguration du monument en 1936 témoigne de l’aboutissement d’un processus de construction d’un imaginaire international. Imaginaire prenant racine durant la guerre. Dans ce processus se croisent relations internationales, histoires nationales et politiques commémoratives, laissant ainsi émerger une nouvelle perspective sur la mémoire de la Grande Guerre dans la France des années vingt et trente.
“Ordinary, middle of the road women who were pissed off:” Fat Activism in Canadian History
Dr. Jenny Ellison, Curator of Sport and Leisure, at the Canadian Museum of History
About this event
It is okay to be fat. This is the basic premise of fat activism, a social movement that has existed in Canada since the 1970s. Fat activism offers insight into women’s embodied experiences and the ways that Canadians grappled with feminism, femininity and health at the end of the twentieth century. This talk traces the contours of this activism, revealing the diverse and unexpected ways that fat women have challenged beauty and bodily norms.
“Bertrand Russell in the 1930s: A Life in Letters”
Assistant Professor of History, Lakehead University
10 Nov 2020
Guerre d’Espagne et socialisme international
Conversation with Nicolas Lépine (Adjunct Professor, Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa) and Michael Petrou (Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, and Editor-in-Chief, Open Canada)
2 Feb 2021
2 Mar 2021
“Radio Before Regulation”
Historian, Parks Canada
All presentations will take place on the above dates via Zoom
The Ottawa Historical Association is mourning the loss of one of its most cherished historians, Greg Donaghy, who passed away in July. Greg was a long-serving member of the OHA’s Executive team and several times served as President, most recently in 2012–13. Always thoughtful and kind, he was an enthusiastic volunteer who was an invaluable source of ideas and inspiration.
Greg had deep roots in the Ottawa historical community. Having completed his MA at Carleton University in 1989, Greg pursued his PhD at the University of Waterloo. He then returned to Ottawa where he enjoyed a distinguished career at Global Affairs Canada’s Historical Section, which he eventually directed. Greg oversaw the production of seven volumes of the key series Documents on Canadian External Relations and also worked as an adjunct professor at Carleton. His most recent publications included Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr. (2015), which was a finalist for the 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the latest volume of the official history of the Department of External Affairs, coauthored with John Hilliker and Mary Halloran. After retiring in 2019 from GAC, Greg served as the Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto.
We will sorely miss our dear friend and colleague.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a dramatic effect on everyday life. To prevent spreading the virus, health authorities have been adamant that everyone should practice social distancing and avoid congregating in group settings.
To that end, the Ottawa Historical Association has cancelled its final talk of the 2019-20 season, which was originally scheduled for the evening of April 21. Professor Michael Stevenson has agreed to deliver a talk during our 2020-21 season instead.
We would like to thank all of our speakers from this past season. The Ottawa Art Gallery served as a wonderful venue for our talks. Special thanks also to this year’s sponsors:
Canadian Historical Association
Department of History, Carleton University
Department of National Defence
Of course, we also thank all of our guests for attending our talks throughout the year.
We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe spring and summer, and hope to see you next season.
The mystique of money is about its power both to hide and to reveal. Using examples from her recent book, Give and Take: The Citizen-Taxpayer and the Rise of Canadian Democracy (UBC Press, 2017), and from the Dalhousie University inquiry about its connections to race and slavery in the 1810s, Tillotson will explore both sides of the mystique of money and especially its relationship to systems of racial power.
This presentation is sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association, which named Give and Take as the 2019 Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History. Copies of Give and Take will be available for purchase at the presentation, courtesy of Perfect Books.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:15 p.m. Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge
This lecture is FREE and all are welcome
Presentation will be in English
Ottawa launch of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War by Professor Laura Madokoro (McGill University).
The launch will take place on 29 October 2016 from 4 to 6 pm at Bar Robo, 692 Somerset West (at the Chinatown Gates).
Elusive Refuge recovers the history of China’s twentieth-century refugees. Focusing on humanitarian efforts to find new homes for Chinese displaced by civil strife, historian Laura Madokoro points out a constellation of factors―entrenched bigotry in white settler societies such as Canada, the spread of human rights ideals, and the geopolitical pressures of the Cold War―which coalesced to shape domestic and international refugee policies that still hold sway today.