Sara Jeannette Duncan: There was nearly always a lacrosse match on the Queen’s Birthday. 

Kent Monkman – Ojibwe lacrosse player


Canada West 1841–1867  (Upper Canada 1791–1841, Ontario, 1867–)

The Grand River Navigation Company: The Grand Swindle

Speaking of not paying . . . The [Grand River Navigation Company] of colonial and confederate Canada never pays the Six Nations for non-surrendered expropriated land nor returns a single penny of investment but most remarkable is this turnaround: the canal company is forever in need of cash infusions and uses up Six Nations’ capital monies in fifteen years…. Read more …

The Devil Joseph Brant

Who is  Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), and why should Canada know him? Joseph Brant is a fact. He is a seminal fact behind Canada’s very existence. American writers have written with fascination about Brant, beginning with William Leete Stone. (Life of Joseph Brant-Thayendanegea: including the border wars of the American revolution and sketches of the Indian… Read more …

The Canadian Horse

In the Mohawk trilogy Cap’n [Ed de Cap Rouge] and Poco are Canadians. Squire Tehawennihárhos Davis purchases the horses in Reach Township and brings them to Gould’s lumber mill in Uxbridge. Because Squire is impressed by Jennet Ferguson’s athleticism, he surrenders the valiant Poco to the Ferguson family, where, finally, Will Ferguson allows Jennet to have… Read more …

Joseph Thayendanegea Brant by Gilbert Stuart sells for $7.5 million

Joseph Thayendanegea Brant (and his Volunteers) and John Butler (and his Rangers) pretty much save Canada/British North America for the Crown during American revolution. Artistic and/or historical worth to Canada of Gilbert Stuart‘s portrait of Thayendanegea is priceless. If value were a cow the painting would jump over the silvery moon. The Haudenosaunee’s Mohawk Pine Tree Chief wears… Read more …

Trumpeting the Mohawk trilogy

Special thanks to Faye Boer, Lesley Clarke, DELC and Friesen Press, Dianne Gillespie, Jennifer Gobeil, Anita Jenkins, Shane Kennedy, Ove Minsos, Kathy van Denderen, Gary Whyte. Lillian Brown: Expressive writing. Captivating descriptions. Despite being set over a century ago, [Charter] tackles the intricacies of gender inequality and social relationships in a relatable manner, tying the struggles… Read more …

GRAND RIVER NAVIGATION COMPANY and Ruthven Park, Indiana, Ontario

Ruthven Park’s founder is David Thompson. Heritage Canada is Pinocchio – with stumpy legs and a very long nose. The lie Heritage Canada tells, by omission, is one with both a long nose (plain to see) and short legs (doesn’t withstand historical scrutiny). David Thompson 1 (1793 – 1851) is not a law-abiding person nor… Read more …

Isabel Thompson Kelsay’s Joseph Brant 1743-1807: man of two worlds

To date Isabel Thompson Kelsay has written the definitive study of Joseph Brant.  (See, however, James Paxton’s brief and shiny tome Joseph Brant and his world: 18th century Mohawk warrior and statesman for a better thesis than Kelsay’s on Brant’s view of a sovereign Grand River territory. Paxton’s book reviewed elsewhere on this site.) Kelsay’s research is comprehensive. Her style is readable. She… Read more …

James Paxton on Joseph Brant.

There is much to love in James Paxton’s Joseph Brant and his world: 18th century Mohawk warrior and statesman (2008) – exceptional writing and heart-rending illustrations and even the book’s silky pages. More to love is Paxton’s thesis: Joseph Brant is an 18th century Mohawk warrior and Pine Tree Chief who understands as well as any modern Canadian the necessity… Read more …

The Markham Gang Ontario

“Gang members took an oath of secrecy. They vowed to support each other in any way possible. They pledged to provide alibis in case they were arrested, and to back each other in court. This was a homegrown, nineteenth century Canadian ‘Mafia,’ a ‘mob,’ one of the earliest known cases of organized crime in British… Read more …

Loyalism births Idle No More

Royal is a Canadian millstone. Especially when royal and loyal turn fanatical. Canada’s being a monarchy acts to the detriment of the Rest of Canada’s (ROC) enduring relationship with Québec. Canada’s relationship with the United States is complex enough without our government’s clinging to the crazy outdated ideal that we owe primary loyalty to a foreign country. Our not moving out… Read more …