Friday, January 19, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Winnipeg general strike.
Causes: At the end or the first world war a lot of the soldiers couldn't return from Europe because they didn't have enough money to do so. When they got home there wasn't any work for them to do because all of the factories were shutting down due to the industrial revolution and every worker was being replaced by machines and only few workers were needed to run these machines. Also these workers conditions were awful, the work was unsafe there was no protection from the machines no safety equipment was available at the time. Is was very unclean, they had terrible hours they could work 10 hours one day then only like 2 the very next day or not at all. The government also didn't know how to handle the mass amounts of troops coming over and who need work, and they didn't know how to handle work conditions that if they even cared enough about it.
Historical significance.To this day it is still the biggest strike ever on Canadian soil, there were tens of thousands of people involved and that's when there was maybe no more than 2 million people in Canada at this time. The day of the strike was known as "Bloody Saturday" there was only 2 people killed but the police would corner a group and beat them with there bully clubs. They have even hit young children. This in one of or the biggest push for safe work for all workers in Canada. The strike shed some light on how badly the workers were being treated.
Consequences: There are plenty of consequences for different people, a lot of the police force was fired after bloody Saturday even though they did there job by keeping the peace. Also 2 people were killed on this day for trying to get safe work. All of the leaders of the strike were deported into the U.S. a lot of the people who were involved in the strike were sentenced to jail and some were deported with there leaders. Thousands of people were unemployed after this because there were involved in some was in the strike. Whoever got injured in the strike had to live with there injuries because they couldn't go to the doctor or they could've known that they took part in the strike and would've been deported to.
Conclusion: I have talked about they this is a very important topic and we still learn about it today because it involved so many people and most of them were badly injured even though only 2 people died. it was very significant because it made everyone think about getting safer work and fair wages and fair work our for everyone. this also made unions to help protect your job if your being fired for a bad reason.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Winnipeg General Strike
The Winnipeg General Strike was a very significant time in Winnipeg history.
First I must explain why this strike occurred in the first place. The year is 1919 a year after the end of World War 1. The war is over, there is no demand for guns or cannon or bullets so factories lay off worker. Workers end up in dead-end jobs, terrible working conditions, poverty or deplorable living conditions. Small housing and very little possessions. Rebellion seems the only way for this to change.
The strike begins May 15 1919 30,00 workers leave their workplaces and joins the crowd. Fueled by the success of the Russian Revolution and the creation of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republic(USSR) or Soviet Union lead fears of the same movement occurring in Canada what originally was a peaceful strike would have deadly results because of police intervention.
People armed with chair-legs were called "Special police" and RCMP personnel would have a fierce stand-off with rioters. The famous Bloody Saturday on June 10 RCMP personnel and special police entered the crowds swinging bats, beating people. 35 to 45 people were injured and two deaths Mike Sokowolski(Bystander, shot in the heart) Mike Schezerbanowicz (Shot in the leg, Died of Gangrene infection.). This lead to 4 European immigrants being rounded up and deported(One voluntarily to the U.S and one to Eastern Europe.). This lead to martial-law being declared in Winnipeg and 11:00 a.m June 25 the strike was over.
This strike was monumental in history. Later the laws and rights that protestors were demanding for became law. Labor Unions became legal and everything we have today as workers was because of the Winnipeg General Strike.
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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Today I am talking about the Manitoba Act of May 12, 1870.
The Manitoba Act was created the newly formed Dominion of Canada bought Rupert’s Land from the HBC(Hudson Bay Company) without consultation to the Métis residents already living there, this resulted in the residents forcing federal land surveyors by gun point off their land.
Louis Riel and John Bruce among others formed the National Committee of the Métis which acted as the governing body of the region. Negotiations took place where the region agreed to join Canada under these conditions:
-Manitoba would be a province not a territory.
-Manitoba legislature and courts would need to be bilingual.
-Métis children would have land in Rupert’s Land.
-As of 1870 all residents owning/occupying would keep their right to the land.
One man whose true identity has remained controversial is Louis Riel. Some refer him as a hero and some call him a traitor. Even our own conversations in class ask the question was he a hero or a traitor, well it all depends on your background if your Métis you call him a hero to his people while the federal government called him a war criminal.
The actions that lead to this title was the ordered execution of Thomas Scott in his first armed rebellion the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870 leading to his departure to the U.S to escape prosecution. He was elected to the House of Commons but he declined. His next rebellion lead to his arrest and charged with high-treason. Is he a hero? Or a religious fanatic it is still a subject of debate to this day.
Quotes from Louis Riel found on:
Louis Riel(1844-1885) Founder of Mantioba
I am glad the Crown have proved that I am the leader of the half-breeds in the Northwest. I will perhaps be one day acknowledged as more than a leader of the half-breeds, and if I am, I will have an opportunity of being acknowledged as a leader of good in this great country.
Louis Riel (March 1885)
During these different phases of strain, the Metis nation has never, for anything in the world, abandoned its leaders, who were no doubt devoted, but were subjected by a treacherous government, to all sorts of humiliation and misery. God will reward it for its loyalty and constancy. In spite of failures, the Metis cause grows incessantly...
In 1869-70 they wanted to steal our land... Since the transfer, up till the arrests of 73, they have betrayed us...
Online at: Louis Riel image
Wikipedia last edited December 27 2017 at 22:07