Category Archives: Making History

Remembrance Day and the WI

Remembrance Day and the WI

The current generation of Canadians are familiar with the  marking of Remembrance Day each November, and the sacrifices of so many young Canadians on numerous battlefields around the world. First, a brief history lesson in how citizens can influence the governments of the day: This is taken from the BCWI History Book titled  100 YearsContinue Reading

90 Years and Counting

The 1918 Flu pandemic infected approximately 500 million people – or about 1 in 3 of the world’s total population at that time. Of those infected, between 20 and 50 million died. In the aftermath of the Great War and this horrific flu disaster, people were understandably concerned that the future of the next generationContinue Reading

A Lesson From Yesterday For Today

In this month, February 2017, as we look back through time, we must acknowledge the foresight and determination of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless and Erland Lee as they set out , 120 years ago, to found a new women’s organization. Yes, there was a great need for more education for women, particularly rural women, who didContinue Reading

Sleuthing out the Story of the Silver Teapot

Since I assumed the role of the Provincial Historian of the British Columbia Women’s Institute, I have had many boxes of materials to checked over and select those items that Archives and Museums wish to receive.  It has been my pleasure to see these papers now housed where they will be preserved for others toContinue Reading

1919 – Women’s Institute, Coast to Coast

1919 – Women’s Institute, Coast to Coast

In 1897 the first Women’s Institute was formed in Ontario and by 1914 there was either a Provincial Women’s Institute entity in each of Canada’s nine provinces, or a parallel organization of rural women. Saskatchewan’s rural women were known, until 1972, as the Saskatchewan Homemakers Clubs. After Newfoundland and Labrador joined the Canadian family inContinue Reading

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