Some time ago, I discovered that Desmond Morton, a highly esteemed Canadian historian, wrote an article about my maternal great grand father, Frank (Francois-Xavier) Maheux. The article is based on the letters Frank wrote to my great grand mother, Angélique, after he enlisted to serve in the First World War. The letters, along with some… Continue reading Frank and Angélique Maheux: Correcting My Record
As I dug into the history of the Irish, I was immediately struck by the parallels between the Irish experience of English colonialism and the First Nations experience of it.… Continue reading Two Lines of History: Parallel or Converging?
Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.… Continue reading A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell
It never occurred to me that colonialism also had a role to play. That isn’t too surprising, I guess. A sickness has to be named before it can be diagnosed. … Continue reading A Portrait In History: Me, My Grandmother, and Colonialism
The problem with family legends — like history — is that the facts often get in the way of a neat, clean, and simple story.
My foolish acceptance of Morton’s imperfect history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.… Continue reading My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History