“Immigration to Atlantic Canada: Historical Reflections”
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John Reid, Saint Mary’s University
Presented in conjunction with the Immigration to Atlantic Canada Conference. The public lecture will take place in the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Theatre at Pier 21 at 8:00pm, following our Annual General Meeting at 7:00.
This lecture will present a broad analysis of historical immigration patterns in Atlantic Canada, setting migration within an Indigenous context and distinguishing between Newfoundland and the Maritime region. The twin processes of Indigenous dispossession and settler colonization will be considered as contexts for Atlantic Canada’s roles and responsibilities in a world increasingly shaped both by the need to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples and by the forces of global migration.
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“Outslicking Sam Slick: The Mysterious Stranger (Henry More Smith) in Nova Scotia: 1812‐1815”
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Gwendolyn Davies, University of New Brunswick
Note: This lecture takes place at our Annual Banquet at the Dalhousie University Club. Space is limited! See below for ticket information.
In 1812, a charming young English trickster swept through Rawdon, Windsor, Halifax, and Pictou leaving behind a trail of identities and audacious thefts. Condemned to death in New Brunswick in 1814 for horse theft, he was nonetheless back in Nova Scotia in 1815 embarking yet again on a life of audacious crime and inspiring Sheriff Walter Bates’ 1817 bestseller, The Mysterious Stranger.
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NOTE – ANNUAL DINNER AT DALHOUSIE CLUB
Tickets for this event must be purchased by Friday, 15 April 2014. Seating for this event is limited. If you are interested in attending, please notify Rosemary Barbour at 902 424-6070 or email Rosemary.Barbour@novascotia.ca to ensure your ticket reservation and before submitting payment. To reserve tickets please print and complete a copy of the reservation form available here, and then mail it along with a cheque (made payable to the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society), to: The Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, PO Box 2622, Halifax, NS B3J 3P7. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RESERVATION FORM.
“The Triumph of the ‘Larger Unit’: Origins and Impact of the School Consolidation Movement in Antigonish County, 1923 to 2012”
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Paul W. Bennett, Founding Director of Schoolhouse Institute and Adjunct Professor of Education, Saint Mary’s University
The modern school consolidation movement, pioneered in Alberta between 1913 and 1919, eventually emerged a decade later in full force in the Maritimes. In April 1923, Pastor James Boyle of Havre Boucher, Antigonish County, NS, dismissed the one school “district unit” as a relic of the past and signaled the advent of school consolidation to address the impoverishment of rural schools. Building upon research undertaken for Vanishing Schools, Threatened Communities (2011), this lecture will explore and analyze the origins, extent and impact of the first school consolidation movement in Antigonish County from the 1920s until the full adoption of the “Larger Unit” as provincial policy in 1954.
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