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QAHN's 2021 Heritage Talks Online presents
"After the fire – A community rebuilds its bridge!," with Neil Faulkner and Joan Garnett

Sunday April 25, 2021
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Communities love their bridges, both metaphorically and as an important partner in their lives. Wakefield’s wooden covered bridge had linked the two sides of the Gatineau River for 70 years. This provincial highway bridge was a victim of arson and all that remained were the blackened timbers and cement piers. The community mobilized to rebuild its beloved bridge, if only as a walking bridge. This is the story of how a small community rallied and in 10 years, rebuilt their covered bridge.
Neil Faulkner was educated in England and studied science at McGill University. He joined the Federal Public Service serving first in the Canadian Arctic, and subsequently, in work relating to indigenous peoples, northern social, economic and political development, indigenous health, and the settlement of comprehensive land claims. A resident of Wakefield since 1988, he has been involved in community planning and other village organizations including the re-construction of the Gendron Bridge now called the Wakefield Covered Bridge from 1993-1998.

Joan Garnett witnessed the burning of the Gendron Bridge from her home and as a consequence, was inspired to work closely with her friends the late Norma Walsley and the late Anita Routledge on the committee to rebuild the bridge. Joan created and sold certificates as part of the fundraising efforts. “I was a riverside supervisor when the new Wakefield Covered Bridge “re-a-piered!”

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.
To participate on Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdeusqTwsHNXMAYkv054__-95ruP...

To view on Facebook Live, click here.

Click here to view the entire 2021 QAHN Heritage Talks Online program!

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QAHN's 2021 Heritage Talks Online presents

archives.png"Why do archives matter?, with Nancy Marrelli

Thursday, May 6, 2021
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“Of all national assets, archives are the most precious, they are the gifts of one generation to another, and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilisation.” Sir Arthur Doughty, Head of Public Archives of Canada, 1904-1935

Archives tell the tale of the past. They acquire, organize and make accessible the documentary heritage that tells the stories of people, institutions, and events so they can be revisited and examined by future generations. Archives also play an important role in democratic society, helping to keep governments accountable. Community Archives like the Italian-Canadian Archives of Quebec strive to document and make available the history of important and often neglected parts of our society. The history of the communities comes alive through the very diverse stories of the people, organizations, and institutions that grew out of the communities they document. These archives preserve the grass roots history that is so vital to a full understanding of who we are and what we have done.

Nancy Marrelli is an archivist, writer, and publisher. She is Archivist Emerita at Concordia University, co-publisher of Montreal’s Véhicule Press, and she is Director of the fledgling Italian-Canadian Archives of Quebec at the Casa d’Italia.

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.
To participate on Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvc-qvqj0sG9F56vhdLyX56VbRr4D...

To view on Facebook Live, click here.

Click here to view the entire 2021 QAHN Heritage Talks Online program!

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QAHN's 2021 Heritage Talks Online presents

dorothy.png"Mifflin Wistar Gibbs: A Father of Confederation," with Dr. Dorothy Williams

May 11, 2021
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was a pioneer in British Columbia; some would say he was “A Father of Confederation.” This African-American played a pivotal role in making sure that the American flag never flew over British Columbia. By all accounts, Gibbs was wealthy and his means allowed him to wield power and influence in early Victoria. Unlike many of British Columbia’s colonists who favoured annexation to the United States to the south, Gibbs advocated that the colony join the new Canadian Dominion to the east. In 1868, when the time came to vote at the Yale Convention, it was Mifflin Wistar Gibbs that turned the tide of the convention and BC joined Confederation.

Dr. Dorothy W. Williams is an award-winning author who specializes in Canadian Black history. Her company blacbiblio.com Inc promotes African-Canadian history and heritage using The ABC’s of Canadian Black History Kit.

This event will take place live on Zoom, as well as on Facebook Livestream.
To participate on Zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfuGurz8tHtR2MiyhVqxJkGkaYWx...

To view on Facebook Live, click here.

Click here to view the entire 2021 QAHN Heritage Talks Online program!

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2021 QAHN AGM & Convention
June 26, 2021, 10 a.m.
Zoom
Details TBA.