Chris Moore

Canada's History - - CONTENTS -

All ci­ti­zens need to be wary of pow­er­ful fig­ures who use racist fear-mon­ger­ing for po­lit­i­cal ends.

The sym­bols by which we un­der­stand our coun­try and our­selves have his­to­ries that are more com­pli­cated than we might of­ten re­al­ize or con­sider, and Cana­di­ans may have very dif­fer­ent ap­praisals of and feel­ings to­ward any one sym­bol. In the new book Sym­bols of Canada, ed­i­tors Michael Daw­son, Catherine Gid­ney, and Don­ald Wright take the op­por­tu­nity to present sto­ries about the pasts and pos­si­ble fu­tures of sym­bols in­clud­ing the beaver, the totem pole, hockey, the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way, and Anne of Green Gables.

They say their book “in­vites read­ers to ex­plore the ways in which Cana­di­ans em­ploy sym­bols, are shaped by sym­bols, and (although this might seem un- Cana­dian) ar­gue over sym­bols.” This is some­thing they hope will al­low us “to bet­ter un­der­stand Canada’s past and present — and to an­tic­i­pate and shape its fu­ture.”

In a chap­ter about the ca­noe, part of which fol­lows here, sports and leisure his­to­rian Jes­sica Dunkin con­sid­ers the his­tory of the iconic wa­ter­craft, from the va­ri­ety of de­signs and uses pro­duced and made by First Na­tions liv­ing in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments, to ways the ves­sel was used by set­tlers for work and leisure, to the ca­noe’s im­por­tance as part of the present-day In­dige­nous recla­ma­tion of tra­di­tional prac­tices and re­la­tion­ships with the land. Her book Ca­noe and Can­vas will be pub­lished in 2019.

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