Aboriginal Education Month

Elijah Harper, Oji-Cree politician, consultant, policy analyst (born 3 March 1949 at Red Sucker Lake, MB; died 17 May 2013 in Ottawa, ON). Harper is best known for the role he played in scuttling the Meech Lake Accord, for which he was named the Canadian Press newsmaker of the year for 1990.  Read the rest of this article at The Canadian Encyclopedia online.

Interested in learning more?  The Toronto Public Library has an extensive collection of holdings relating to the the Canadian Constitution, and the Meech Lake Accord in particular.

If you’re really keen on Canadian Constitutional drama, take yourself to the Toronto Reference Library where you can access Jacques Godbout’s documentary film The Black Sheep.

  • One of Quebec’s foremost documentarians and authors, Jacques Godbout discusses the qualities that differentiate Quebec from the rest of the country, the demise of the Meech Lake Accord and the future of the “black sheep” of Confederation.

If that’s not enough for you, you can also take in the sequel, The Black Sheep – Ten Years On at the same time.  The sequel:

  • Captures a society in flux following the demise of the Meech Lake Accord, creating a mirror for those living in Quebec and a window for the rest of Canada. Jacques Godbout investigates the issues and the personalities of the critical times in Quebec’s history. In doing so, he reveals the qualities that differentiate Quebec from the rest of the country.