One of the goals of Care2 Connect is to help people with common interests connect with each other. At the group Exploring Canada, this connection isn't just limited to membership and discussion; it also includes other venues where Canadians (and non-Canadians) can meet and share their experiences and opinions about Canada.
It is with this in mind that the Care2 Community Blogline is happy to promote Exploring Canada's very first Event, which is promoting an online radio show running every weekday from 10:30am to 12:30pm (MST), and which is hosted by our newest Care2 member Wil Henderson (a.k.a. "Captain Canuck" - he joined Care2 in 2005, but he didn't get involved on the site until just recently).
Beginning next Tuesday, Nov. 28, and on every Tuesday thereafter, Captain Canuck will be tuning us into Canadian music artists via his blog, Due North. The blog itself is called Tunesday, and when he started it a couple of years ago, I don't really think he was expecting the kind of popularity it's received. Every week, he features a Canadian band or solo artist, and he even includes an audio clip, and lyrics, too.
Group and Care2 Connect members are encouraged to tune into CKA every weekday from 10:30am to 12:30pm to listen to Captain Canuck's online radio show for some fantastic all-Canadian music. And if you want, you can post your music requests directly to the Captain by going here.
So, check out this wonderful new addition to Care2 Connect and to Exploring Canada. Captain Canuck totally rocks, because HE IS CANADIAN! (reference to "Joe Canadian" there).
Tomorrow, July 1, our nation celebrates its 139th birthday. In honor of our nation's birthday, here's a little history lesson I thought you might enjoy. Happy Canada Day!
The Origin of the Name Canada
The origin of the name "Canada" comes from the expedition of explorer Jacques Cartier up the St. Lawrence River in 1535. The Iroquois pointing out the route to the village of Stadacona, the future site of Quebec City, used the word "kanata," the Huron-Iroquois word for village. Jacques Cartier used the word Canada to refer to both the settlement of Stadacona and the land surrounding it subject to Chief Donnacona.
By 1547, maps were showing the name Canada applied to everything north of the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence River was called the "rivière du Canada" by Cartier, and the name stuck until the 1600s.
In the 1600s, the name Canada was often used loosely to refer to New France, and as land opened up to the west and the south in the 1700s, the name Canada was applied to what is now the American midwest and as far south as present day Louisiana. But it was not official.
In 1791, the Constitutional Act or Canada Act divided the Province of Quebec into two - the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two colonies were united again, this time as the Province of Canada.
At Confederation in 1867, the British North America Act officially joined the Province of Canada (Quebec and Ontario) with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to become "one Dominion under the name of Canada."
Canada wasn't the only name considered for the new dominion though. Other names suggested at the time of Confederation were