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Beyond the Ridge

This series of conversations brings together Vimy Foundation program alumni and expert academics to examine knowledge of the First World War and how it relates to the Canadian experience today.

Beyond the Ridge

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By clicking on the links below, you will find the recordings of every webinar and more educational resources, podcasts included!

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Beyond the Ridge

Season 2

The second season of Beyond the Ridge was recorded in 2021 and hosted by Melanie Ng, Brintha Koneshachandra.

Punjab's Brothers-in-arms in Flanders Fields (ENG)

November 5, 2021

Punjab's Brothers-in-arms in Flanders Fields (ENG)

In this episode, we learn, with Steven Purewal, about how the Punjab's Lahore Division came to fight alongside Canadian troops in Canada's "baptism of fire" at Ypres in April 1915. Ultimately more than 74,000 South Asians were killed across the various theatres of war in First World War. We also learn about the Treaty of Versailles with Olive Tao, BVP 2020 recipient. | Host: Melanie Ng | Guests: Olive Tao & Steven Purewal | Sound artist: Sylvain Bellemare | Sound editor: Guillaume Bouchard Labonté | Directors: Melanie Ng, Guillaume Bouchard Labonté

The War and the Black Community (FR)

July 15, 2021

The War and the Black Community (FR)

In this episode, Brintha Koneshachandra, our host, and Webster (artist, writer & lecturer) are discussing the history of Black Canadians during the First World War and beyond. Elliott Grondin, VPA 2020 recipient, also tells us about rationing in the First World War! | Host: Brintha Koneshachandra | Guests: Webster & Elliott Grondin | Sound artist: Sylvain Bellemare | Sound Editor: Guillaume Bouchard Labonté | Directors: Brintha Koneshachandra & Guillaume Bouchard Labonté

The War and the First Nations (FR)

June 21, 2021

The War and the First Nations (FR)

In this episode, Brintha Koneshachandra (UdeM), and Éric Pouliot-Thisdale (UQAM), discuss the First Nations at war and civil rights. Pascale Ouellette, BVP 2020 recipient, also tells us about women and vote rights after the First World War. | Host: Brintha Koneshachandra | Guests: Éric Pouliot-Thisdale & Pascale Ouellette | Sound artist: Sylvain Bellemare | Sound Editor: Guillaume Bouchard Labonté | Directors: Brintha Koneshachandra & Guillaume Bouchard Labonté |

The War and the Japanese Canadian Community (ENG)

May 19, 2021

The War and the Japanese Canadian Community (ENG)

In this new episode, Melanie Ng (U. of T.) meets Nahira Gerster-Sim, VPA 2020 recipient, who talks about shell shock, and Mr. David Iwaasa, who presents the Canadian Japanese perspectives on the First World War through the story of his great-uncle, Seiichi Kinoshita. | Host: Melanie Ng | Guests: Nahira Gerster-Sim & David Iwaasa | Sound artist: Sylvain Bellemare | Sound editor: Guillaume Bouchard Labonté| Directors: Melanie Ng, Guillaume Bouchard Labonté

Beyond the Ridge

Season 1

The First season of Beyond the Ridge was created in 2020, in partnership with The National Film Board and Veterans Affairs Canada.

The making of Return to Vimy (FR)

October 15, 2020

The making of Return to Vimy (FR)

The sixth instalment of this limited series, in partnership with the NFB, explored the production of the short documentary film Return to Vimy. This conversation between Denis McCready, film director, and Marianne Goyette, 2014 Beaverbrook Prize recipient, looked at the importance of historical authenticity in filmmaking.

Veterans & Commemoration (ENG)

September 17, 2020

Veterans & Commemoration (ENG)

The fifth instalment of this limited series, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, explored veterans and commemorations. This conversation between Dr. Tim Cook, acting director of research at the Canadian War Museum, and Prasanna Iyengar, 2010 Vimy Prize Alumnus, looked at the signification of collective memory.

War Measures Act (FR)

August 20, 2020

War Measures Act (FR)

Listen to the 4th in our podcast series Beyond the Ridge, a partnership with the NFB. This time, with the collaboration of the Canadian War Museum, we are looking (in French) at the War Measures Act with Mélanie Morin-Pelletier (Canadian War Museum), and Yaman Awad (BVP 2017). Directed by: Alexandru Stratulat.

War and the Environment (ENG)

July 23, 2020

War and the Environment (ENG)

Listen to the 3rd in our podcast series Beyond the Ridge, a partnership with the NFB. In this episode, created in collaboration with the Toronto Zoo, we are looking at war and the environment with Dolf DeJong (Toronto Zoo), and Rose He (Beaverbrook Prize, 2019). Directed by Alexandru Stratulat.

Women at war (FR)

June 18, 2020

Women at war (FR)

In this second instalment, created in partnership with the Montréal University Club, we explore the role of women during the First and Second World Wars with Chloé Raymond-Poitras (UQAM) and Andelina Habel-Thurton (BVP 2019). Directed by Alexandru Stratulat.

Soldiers, Nurses, and the 1918-1919 Pandemic (ENG)

May 21, 2020

Soldiers, Nurses, and the 1918-1919 Pandemic (ENG)

The first instalment of this limited series, in collaboration with Defining Moments Canada, explores the 1918 Influenza Pandemic through the lens of Canadian military personnel of the Great War. This conversation between Kandace Bogaert (PhD in medical anthropology) and Caroline Tolton (Vimy Foundation program alumna) will look at Canada’s pandemic reality over a century ago and how it informs our current reactions to the Covid-19 crisis.

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