Whose history is it?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Every person has a history and every group of people does, too.  What happens, though, when the history of two or more groups took place in the same geographic space?  Generally, that of the socio-economically, politically and militarily dominant group sets the narrative. One only has to look back a few weeks to the recent […]

Quebec Anglos join the Plaines debate

Friday, February 13th, 2009

We’ve been talking quite a bit about the controversy surrounding the proposed re-enactment of the battle of the Plains of Abraham in this space, but since our last post on the subject a couple of days ago, others have been speaking about it as well. From federal Heritage Minister Josee Verner’s profound disgust at people […]

Plains of Abraham Battle Heats Up

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

A battle is heating up in Quebec City regarding the Plains of Abraham, but it isn’t exactly the sort of fight that the National Battlefields Commission was hoping for. As reported earlier 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the infamous Plains of Abraham battle at Quebec City that signified the defeat of “New France” to British imperialists, and […]

The Plains of Abraham: to re-enact or challenge the pro-war legacy?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Historically-speaking, Quebec City has always been somewhat of a military town. When “founded” by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 on the remains of the First Nations settlement of Stadacona, Quebec was actually designed as a military-style fortification. The site of numerous wars and battles that pitted the French against various First Nations, and later Britain, […]