150k+ First Nation kids were removed from their homes, over a span of 100 years, in order to “get rid of the Indian problem in Canada”.
During WW2 German prisoners were so well treated in Canada that they didn’t want to leave the country when released. Thousands of them eventually stayed or came back to Canada with one saying that the time in Canadian prison was “the best thing that happened to me.”
During the 2010 Olympic Hockey Final, Air Canada had to delay a flight because the passengers refused to board until the game was over.
Canada’s new 10-dollar note features Viola Desmond, a black woman and civil rights activist from Nova Scotia. She is known as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her refusal to leave a whites-only section of a theatre.
Fed up with Ontario laws restricting the cross-provincial sale of eggs, the Canadian province of Manitoba copied the Ontario laws, sued itself all the way up to the Supreme Court, and got those laws deemed unconstitutional in ALL provinces.
Canadians are entitled to receive a free flag from the government ($150 value), but the waiting period is 99 years.
In the 1960s, the Canadian government commissioned a series of homosexuality tests known as the fruit machine.
The fruit machine consisted of a series of questions, a chair resembling one you might sit in at a dentist’s office, and flashing images of mundane scenes contrasted with pornography that people in the ’50s thought gay people would like — think: half-naked carnival strongmen. Subjects (who were told the machine was measuring stress) sat in the chair and watched the images while scientists noted their pulse rate, skin reflexes, breathing rate and pupillary response.
It didn’t work, and ruined countless lives.
A high school in Nunavut, Canada takes students on fox trapping sessions, offers polar bear body parts for science class, and has events where students skin seal meat for elders.
In Canada it is illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. However, completely legal to practice witchcraft.
In 1972 Canada had a contest to complete the saying “As Canadian as…”. The winner was “As Canadian as possible under the circumstances.”