Colonial Canada Document of Learning

I have eeny-meenie minie mo’d a green article from our incomplete table on the CRAAP test blog post. The resource I found is this – which was Eric’s article. It is entitled The Peopling of Canada, by Professor Phillip Buckner. I may have chose it randomly, but I actually made some connections with it in reading. I found the exact specifics of how Canada, a country rich with resources that many other countries in Europe did not have such a surplus of, struggled most with the one resource that all others are dependent on, the population.

“…The population of Canada at the time of Confederation in 1867 was around 3 ½ million, nearly seven times what it had been in 1815. The migration to Canada was remarkably homogeneous compared with the much larger migration to the United States in this period.”

This particular resource was interesting to me, because I have been taught about the resources that supported Canada’s economy in the times of it’s settlement and colonizing – furs, salmon and other fish primarily, however I never really thought about the resource of population and how crucial it is to a new and developing nation or colony. Without hunters or fishermen, all the furs or fish would still be running around, think of the lost profit! The other interesting aspect is the sheer amount of British people that immigrated to Canada. The article stated that the migration was homogeneous, because almost all of the citizens of what is now Canada were British in the early to mid 19th century.

The question I still have after reading this article is: Why is it that when Canada was a French colony (aptly titled New France) why did it struggle so much in accruing a sizeable population? The article states that after the British took the nation for themselves from the French, population skyrocketed by sevenfold in less than fifty years. How did this immense change come to the British and not to the French?

I believe this resource ties into prescribed learning outcome B, which covers culture. Some places of Canada, like Victoria or Ottawa, are very steeped in British culture. This is undoubtedly due to the heavy hand British immigrants had in forming Canada’s foundations. On the other hand, Quebec is very French based, and this is likely due to the French presence that was at one point the dominant nation in Canada. It is because of heavy and mixed European involvement that Canada has the unique culture dynamic that Canadians experience every day in the 21st century.

In-Depth Post Number Four

So tonight was the first night I actually did any restoration work. It was actually more fun that I ever thought it could be. It was rewarding and relaxing, and I felt like I made really fantastic progress. Rather than walking you through the process, I will be showing a bunch of photos I took tonight.

The first stage, a plain table painted in off-white.

Pictured: Furniture stripper and steel wool 

After applying stripper, I got to work scraping the paint off, which peeled away quite easily once the stripper did it’s job.

Puttin’ in that work


Getting close to scraping the top coat of paint off!

Finished the top, this is just the natural, untreated wood plus the white legs.

Onto the more criteria stuff:

I’m learning a lot about restoration. There are lots of small questions I had along the process and many of them are not detailed in any guides. Having a mentor who knows a lot about the process is very helpful for any small, less fundamental questions I have about this topic. These were also the questions I asked to check on facts and details.

I am always open to anything Karla tells me. I am seriously uneducated in this field, and like I said before I consider her advice as very very good and correct.

Some of the alternative viewpoints I saw were mostly just ways that Karla did things that I didn’t quite expect. For example, I didn’t realize that paint stripper worked exactly the way it does. It lifts and loosens the paint so that you could scrape it away.

So far the values that Karla and I have have been quite similar. Beyond our restoration relationship we get alone quite well in my opinion. It’s a good relationship, and I am having a very rewarding experience so far.

The Cotton Eye Joe Socials Post

Where did you come from, where did you go? Where did we come from, where will we go? Where did we come from cotton-eye humanity?

This is a pretty loaded question, in my opinion. There are so many ways I could take such a question, but for the sake of not losing my fingers, I will take it in just one. I am taking the direction of morality in humankind. There are many things that humans have done throughout history  that are seriously terrible, often unquestionably. For example, extreme genocide, slavery of entire races, and many other atrocities that humans have committed against other humans throughout history.

I don’t believe that humans have ever gotten better or worse throughout history, only the things we have done have changed. I have considered the fact that modern inventions that seek to improve general quality of life or to stop atrocities towards humans now exist, but I think that morality and the actions that it so effects have simply transcended more obvious boundaries.

Where did we come from in terms of morality? Slavery is a massive item on this list that occurs time and time again throughout history. The Bible, a book written over 2000 years ago, discusses slaves in some detail. In the Bible, it is spoken of in a very matter of fact way, such as you or I would speak about any typical thing in our daily lives. Slavery was talked about quite candidly, and for the people ‘winning’ (those who benefited from the oppression of slaves) they discussed it like nothing was wrong, and to them, nothing was. No one who was benefiting from slavery likely thought that what they were doing was wrong, because that was just the way things were.

When slavery was at a more modern peak in the time of the discovery of the ‘New World’, slaves were treated as a pure commodity, worked literally to death and then replaced in batches. These days, this is a disgusting notion that nearly every reasonable person would agree is awful, but at the time, these slavers thought of the people they used as slaves as less than human, as an inferior being.

These days, most people think and agree that slavery is terrible and wrong, however other things have become entirely normal that would never have flown in the past. One to five hundred years ago, it was not normal for one person to know the daily goings-on’s in another person, however thanks to the normalization of social media, I can look nearly any person I know (or not) up and find out where they are or what sort of things they like, things you usually had to find out through speaking to them for a decent amount of times. Things you had to find out through becoming their friend (more so than clicking a button on Facebook).

I believe that while some things change, humans and their oddities really don’t.

In-Depth – Hour 672

My project is fairly underway this week. I met with Karla last week, and we discussed my goals and what I kind of foresee myself doing in this product. She answered a lot of my questions, surprising me sometimes too. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that she rarely works more than a weekend on a project. I think that this will make the project a lot more compartmentalized and easy to do in conjunction with my other responsibilities this coming semester.

I have been looking online and have been trying to figure out a relatively easy first project. A table of some kind is what I have in mind at the moment, however I need to visit thrift stores and other resources in the area soon and look around for an actual item to restore.

I have already found myself talking about restoration a decent amount with people who know very little about it. For all the stress that the research essay on the topic put on to me, I must admit it gave me a good baseline knowledge base. It also armed me with something to discuss with Karla, while still showing that I have plenty of room to learn. In regards to our last meeting, I thought that I successfully implemented De Bono’s three objectives in a conversation, although I wouldn’t say I had an agenda in the matter. We very much reached agreement,  we worked a plan out together and I am already on the way to implementing the first ‘phase’ of it. We had some points of difference, however I very much consider myself the knowledgeably inferior one in this relationship, so I am going by what Karla says for the most part. This may change when I am more experienced in restoration, but for the moment I am content with it. Our time together was very interesting, our conversation was effective and all my questions were answered. I hope that our next meeting will be just as effective as our last one.

This is all I have for now, I’ll be back in 336 hours.