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The Secret Life of Canada is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't.
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Free teaching resources have been developed for select episodes of The Secret Life of Canada! If you — or someone you know — teaches high school history, geography, civics or Indigenous Studies, visit cbc.ca/teachingguides to learn more.
S2: The Nanny

S2: The Nanny

2019-08-2700:42:071

Who has been looking after Canada’s kids? We find out that Indigenous women and women from all over the world took on this job, and none of their stories follow the plot line to Sound of Music. From Confederation to present day, has anything changed for these workers? For books referenced in this episode please visit our website at cbc.ca/secretlifeofcanada
It's our first shout out to a living youth leader! Meet Anishnabe-kwe Autumn Peltier. Greatly influenced by her great aunt Josephine Mandamin, Autumn has been using her voice to advocate for water rights since she was 8 years old. Today, we learn a little more about this phenomenal water warrior and International Children’s Peace Prize nominee.
S2: Your Letters

S2: Your Letters

2019-07-2300:30:32

A mailbag episode! You asked and we answered your burning history questions which took us to the Cowichan sweater, Cheezies, the legacy of Hawaiian Canadians in B.C and one guy named Portuguese Joe.
As Nunavut marks 20 years as a territory, Leah and Falen shout out mother, grandmother, educator, knowledge keeper and award winning artist Atuat Akittirq.
S2: The Indian Act

S2: The Indian Act

2019-06-2500:45:333

What is the Indian Act and why Canada still have it on the books? The Secret Life team looks at the roots of this complicated policy, which after 143 years is still embedded in Canadian identity, from the policy that led to the Act to how it still impacts Indigenous identities today.
As Pride celebrations kick off across the country, Leah and Falen shout out the Gay Asians of Toronto (GAT). Formed in 1979, this organization is thought to be the first LGBT group for non-white queer people in Canada.
S2: Chinatown

S2: Chinatown

2019-05-2800:29:013

Most major cities across Canada have a Chinatown - but how did they start, and why? This episode, a look at the early history of Chinese people this side of the Pacific, and the historic Chinatown in B.C. that predates Confederation. (Hint: it's not in Vancouver.)
S2: Shout Out to Dr. O

S2: Shout Out to Dr. O

2019-05-0700:03:591

Meet Dr. Oronhyatekha, or Burning Cloud as he was known in Mohawk. Oronhyatekha grew up on Six Nations reserve and attended residential school where he trained to be a cobbler - but life had bigger plans. Hear how he became one of the first Indigenous doctors in Canada.
S2: The Medicine Line

S2: The Medicine Line

2019-04-2500:41:28

This episode we look at the thing that literally defines Canada - the border. What happened to First Nations when the border was drawn right through their land? And as American "draft dodgers" came north, why did thousands of Canadians volunteer to fight for the U.S. during the war in Vietnam?
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Emily Dawn Pearcey

I am sad that this doesn’t have the original podcasts 😭

Aug 23rd
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Om Eyehead

class act

Jul 11th
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Mmm Taylor

that was great information. makes me feel connected as a Canadian Born Jamaican

May 30th
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Angel Segura

Great episode. Interesting facts. Majestic job.

Apr 25th
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Sierra C

my podcast ended right in the middle of a sentence!

Apr 4th
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Jodie Smith

Can we please make the province of Barbados and Jamaica happen?

Feb 19th
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