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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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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

2019-06-2500:45:331

What is the Indian Act and do we still need it? Today 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 and 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

2019-05-2800:28:212

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

2019-05-0700:04:491

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

2019-04-2500:40:41

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?
Meet Bernelda Wheeler, the "First Lady of Indigenous Broadcasting in Canada". The broadcaster, journalist, actor and activist inspired a generation of Indigenous journalists.
S2: The Golden Boy

S2: The Golden Boy

2019-03-2600:42:141

Just how did a Greek god become a beacon for gay men in the Prairies? In this episode, Falen and Leah look into some of earliest known queer spaces in the Prairies, how they came to be and why they were so important. If you don't think of Winnipeg as a queer city, this episode may just change your mind.
In a special shout out for International Women's Day, The Secret Life of Canada asked listeners to share stories about the matriarchs hidden in their family histories. These women may not have been written about, or have won awards, or have achieved historic "firsts" but the people they were and the choices they made had a huge impact on their communities, families and descendants.
S2: The province of Jamaica

S2: The province of Jamaica

2019-02-1900:50:426

This episode we take a look at early Caribbean migration to Canada and reveal which islands could have become Canadian provinces. We also dive into the history of Black railway porters and how they and their wives made Winnipeg a hub of labour activism in Canada.
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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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