Communities

Dibaajimowin, Stories from this Land

The main exhibition space for Dibaajimowin, showing the digital projections taken from Dewdney’s murals and repurposed to tell other stories of Indigenous resiliency and continuities in the Waterloo region. Curator Emma Rain Smith (L) and artist Alanah Jewell (R) are...

Unveiling the Multicultural Tapestry of Brantford: Immigrant Stories from 1900 to 1920

Postcard of Brantford [Author's collection]In this article, Christina Han draws on her own experiences in contemporary Brantford, Ontario, to examine the lively history of immigration to the city in the first twenty years of the 20th century. Han describes this period...

Watch Now: Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee

Amid soaring costs of essentials, could a basic income guarantee be the game-changer? Both the market economy and welfare system are falling short, with minimum-wage workers, and people receiving social assistance trapped thousands of dollars below the poverty line....

The Ties that Bind: Colonial Families, British North America, and the Imperial World

A map of the province of Upper Canada describing all the settlements and townships &c. with the countries adjacent from Quebec to Lake Huron ca. 1872. Digital Archive Ontario [SOURCE] In this article, Cecilia Morgan examines concepts of transnationalism, class...

Watch Now: Reflections on Sport, Community and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars with Miriam Wright

The Chatham Coloured All-Stars, a Black baseball team from Chatham, Ontario was among a number of Black teams that joined white-dominated amateur leagues in the 1930s. The All-Stars developed a high profile in southwestern Ontario baseball over their eight years...

A Reading Week Trip to Michigan State University

Laurier students pose by a mural in Flint, Michigan during a city tour, part of their visit to Michigan State University's East Lansing and Flint campuses. The mural depicts (from left) the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev....

Free of the Prejudices that Restrain Them: Reflections on the Stories of Canadian Children and their Childhoods

Ring Around the Maple cover art. In this article, Cynthia Comacchio examines the historical shifts in children’s experiences of childhood in Canada from Confederation to the 1970s. Comacchio further explores the sociocultural history of children and their childhoods...

Watch Now: Critical Histories of Blackness in Canada: R v. R.D.S.

This talk explores R v. RDS twenty years after this landmark legal case in Canada. A number of legal scholars and historians of Black Canadian history and Black Canadian legal history have taken the opportunity presented by this anniversary to reflect upon its...

Off the Cuff, with Alicia Koepke

Alicia Koepke is a fourth-year History and Medieval & Medievalism Studies major with a minor in English hoping to do an MA in history in the future. She has worked as a Copp Scholar student research assistant at LCSC since October 2022, and has enjoyed learning a...

Watch Now: Charter Rights and the Encampment Ruling

In the first ruling of its kind in Ontario, on 27 January 2023 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the Region of Waterloo’s attempt to evict encampment residents at 100 Victoria St. N was a violation of Charter rights (CV-22-717). Moderated by Laura Pin,...

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Dibaajimowin, Stories from this Land

The main exhibition space for Dibaajimowin, showing the digital projections taken from Dewdney’s murals and repurposed to tell other stories of Indigenous resiliency and continuities in the Waterloo region. Curator Emma Rain Smith (L) and artist Alanah Jewell (R) are...

This research cluster is inspired by the idea that broader political, social, economic, and cultural developments can be usefully captured and understood where people live and experience them—at the local level. Communities are more than groupings of people; they’re embedded in place, time, and distinct context.  With particular attention to the communities of the Grand River watershed, we study the multiple and overlapping experiences of race, gender, Indigenous-settler relations, immigration, religion, and work in both urban and rural contexts.  And we do so through local, place-based research, including oral history and public history, that emphasizes collaboration, exchange, and public service.

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