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2023 Cold War Speaker Series: “When the Skies Rained Boxes”: Northern Canadians and Continental Defence during the Cold War

September 28, 2023, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

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We invite you to join us virtually this fall for the Diefenbunker’s Cold War Speaker Series! In this series of free talks, hear from experts on a variety of relevant topics to bring you new perspectives on Cold War themes and events.

Session 1

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Topic: “When the Skies Rained Boxes”: Northern Canadians and Continental Defence during the Cold War
Speaker: P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D.
Cost: Free

– Hosted virtually on Zoom. Advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
– Includes a presentation followed by a Q&A, for a total of approximately one hour.
– Session will be recorded for educational purposes.

Presentation Overview:

“When the Skies Rained Boxes”: Northern Canadians and Continental Defence during the Cold War

This talk will explore aspects of how “military modernization” affected Northern Canadians, and particularly Indigenous peoples, during the Cold War. Topics will include the interplay between security and sovereignty priorities, various socio-economic and political impacts of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, and the Canadian Rangers as a uniquely Canadian form of military service in remote Northern regions.

Speaker Bio:

Whitney Lackenbauer, a speaker in the Diefenbunker's 2023 Cold War Speaker Series.P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D., is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and a Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. He is network lead of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN) and is Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. He has (co-)written or (co-)edited more than sixty books and more than one hundred academic articles and book chapters, many of which explore Indigenous–military relations and Arctic issues. His recent books include The Joint Arctic Weather Stations: Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-72 (2022); L’histoire des Rangers canadiens du Québec (2022); The Canadian Armed Forces’ Eyes, Ears, and Voice in Remote Regions (2022); and Lines in the Snow: Thoughts on the Past and Future of Northern Canadian Policy Issues (2022). www.lackenbauer.ca


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Learn more about the other presentations in the 2023 Cold War Speaker Series!

October 12, 2023: Joanna Smolko and Tim Smolko discussing How Popular Musicians Addressed the Cold War in the US and Canada

November 16, 2023: Christabelle Sethna and Steve Hewitt discussing Spies, Lies, and Macho Guys: Documenting RCMP Surveillance against the Women’s Liberation Movement in Canada


September 28, 2023
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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