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Napoléon Bisson

(Joseph Georges) Napoléon Bisson. Baritone, b Montreal 17 Dec 1922, d Chambly, Que 17 Apr 2008; premier prix Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal (CMM) 1953.

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Pudlo Pudlat

In contrast with most of his contemporaries, Pudlo included in his imagery icons of the modern technology that has brought such profound changes to the Canadian North.

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Léo Roy

Léo Roy. Composer, writer on music, pianist, organist, teacher, b Quebec City 27 Nov 1887, d there 1 Sep 1974. As a child he studied harmonica, xylophone, piano, organ, trumpet, trombone, horn, and double-bass with his father, Philéas.

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Irene Jessner

​Irene Jessner, soprano, teacher (born 28 August 1901 in Vienna, Austria; died 10 January 1994 in Toronto, ON).

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John Oswald

John (Anthony) Oswald. Composer, saxophonist, record producer, dancer, writer, b Kitchener, Ont, 30 May 1953. His teachers included R. Murray Schafer and Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University and David Rosenboom, Casey Sokol, Richard Teitelbaum, and James Tenney at York University.

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Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster. Fiddler, step dancer, composer, producer, teacher, b Inverness County, NS, 13 Jun 1972; B Ed (Nova Scotia Teachers' College), hon doctorate (St. Thomas) 2003, hon D MUS (Niagara U, NY) 2006.

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Lionel Conacher

Lionel Pretoria Conacher, all-round athlete, politician (born 24 May 1900 in Toronto, Ontario; died 26 May 1954 in Ottawa, Ontario).

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Stephen George Chatman

Chatman moved to Vancouver in 1976 to teach composition at the University of British Columbia, where in 1982 he was promoted to full professor. He is currently head of composition at the UBC School of Music.

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Paul Brandt

Paul Brandt, singer, songwriter (b at Calgary 21 July 1972). Paul Brandt grew up on gospel music and sang in church, but he soon developed a love for country music and, in 1992, won $1 000 in a talent contest at the Calgary Stampede.

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Susan Benson

Susan Benson, scenographer (b at Bexley Heath, Kent 22 April 1942) has designed for theatre, ballet, opera and television. She completed her studies at the West of England College of Art, Bristol University in 1963 and began work as a designer for BBC TV productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy, engineer, inventor (born 2 May 1843 or 1844 in Colchester, Canada West; died 10 October 1929 in Wayne County, Michigan.) McCoy was an African-Canadian mechanical engineer and inventor best known for his groundbreaking innovations in industrial lubrication.

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John Strachan

Strachan lost his father when he was 14. He entered the University of Aberdeen at only 16 and supported his widowed mother through teaching.

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Indigenous Land Claims in Canada

Land claims seek to address wrongs made against Indigenous peoples, their rights and lands, by the federal and provincial or territorial governments. There are different types of land claims. Comprehensive claims (also known as modern treaties) deal with Indigenous rights, while specific claims concern the government’s outstanding obligations under historic treaties or the Indian Act. There are many ongoing comprehensive and specific claims negotiations in Canada.

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Donald Gordon

Donald Gordon, banker, business executive (b at Old Meldrum, Scot 11 Dec 1901; d at Montréal 2 May 1969). Gordon left Scotland when young and joined the Bank of Nova Scotia, working up through the ranks while attending night school.