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    • 28-29 April 1944. HMCS Haida 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      HMCS Haida is one of 27 tribal class ships built for the British, Canadian, and Australian navies in the 1930s and 1940s. It is the only one that survives today. The ship is now the focal point of Parks Canada’s HMCS Haida ...
    • Aerodrome of Democracy 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      130,000 pilots and other aircrew through the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) trained in Canada during the Second World War. Because of the wide-open spaces, proximity to American technology, and that it ...
    • Canadian Women’s Army Corps 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War, the Canadian government recognized that allowing women to serve in the military, in non-combat roles, would free men to fight overseas. The Canadian Army created the Canadian Women’s Army Corps ...
    • Chinese Labour Corps 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In 1917, 80,000 men from China arrived in Canada. They were on their way to France to work as labourers. They were a secret group called The Chinese Labour Corps (CLC). The arrived in British Columbia, where they were ...
    • Coast Defence 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War Fort Rodd Hill in Victoria, BC became a significant point of national defence. Built by Britain’s Royal Navy in the 1890s, Fort Rodd Hill was updated in the early 1940s to defend the coast against ...
    • Conclusion and Credits 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Conclusion and Credits 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Dominion Arsenal 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the First World War, thousands of Canadian men went overseas to fight. These men left their lives and jobs behind. Many Canadian women went to work to fill the jobs left by the men. For some of these women, it was ...
    • The Explosion 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      On December 6, 1917, it was a cold winter day in Halifax. It was big news when two big ships – the SS Mont Blanc (a French ship) and the SS Imo (a Norwegian ship) – accidentally crashed into each other in the Halifax Harbour.
    • German Prisoners of War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In Canada, 37,000 enemy soldiers were interned across 40 Prisoner of War (PoW) Camps during the Second World War. About 440 of those prisoners stayed at the Whitewater PoW Camp, located 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, ...
    • The Great Equalizer 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Over 7300 Métis men and women who contributed to Canada’s war efforts from the First World War to the present day, are commemorated at the Métis Veterans Memorial Monument in Batoche in Saskatchewan. Specifically, during ...
    • Heart of the Nation 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      On Parliament Hill, at the heart of the Peace Tower, is a sanctuary created for remembrance and reflection. The Memorial Chamber was originally designed and dedicated to the Canadians who died during the First World War. ...
    • Internment 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the First World War, Canada was part of the British Empire and fought with Britain against Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria. These four countries were known as the Central Powers. The Canadian ...
    • Introduction 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
    • Introduction 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-01)
    • Japanese Canadian Internment 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Mary Kitagawa was seven years old when she was detained in a livestock barn at Vancouver’s Hastings Park. She remembers the stench of the buildings when she dragged her suitcase through the barn door in April, 1942. Mary ...
    • The Longest Battle 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      Built in 1940 as a convoy escort ship, HMCS Sackville is the last of a fleet of 123 Canadian corvettes. In 1985, the HMCS Sackville was restored to its original condition and docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and thus made ...
    • Machines of the Air War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      During the Second World War, Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) created a specialized unit called Bomber Command. The RAF’s mission was to conduct nighttime air attacks on enemy targets in occupied Europe. One-third of RAF ...
    • Mennonite Conscientious Objectors 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      As a young teenager, Mennonite conscientious objector, Don Regier, read the book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, which solidified his belief that war could never be justified. When called to fight in the ...
    • Mobilizing for War 

      Geoff Bird (War Heritage Research Initiative, 2018-02-03)
      In the late-1930s, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment of St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake consisted of part-time soldiers who trained a few days a year. By 1939, when Canada joined the Second World War, the regiment ...