Friday, October 1, 2021

Time Topic Speaker(s)
8:30am Coffee and Tea Reception + Registration
8:45am David Dingwall, Welcoming Remarks
9:00am SESSION #1: Cape Breton’s Military History: The Highland Unit and the Island at War
10:30am Morning Break - Coffee and Tea
10:45am Keynote Address #1
  • Representative from Veterans Affairs Canada
11:00am Honorary Degree Presentation, Boardmore Playhouse
12:00pm Lunch in “The Pit”
1:00pm SESSION #2: Military and Society: Peace, Conflict, and Canadian National Identity
  • Chair: Jane Arnold
  • Sarah Glassford – “Dinner at Mrs. Cohen's: Supporting Servicemen on the Cape Breton Home Front, 1939-1945”
  • Ken Donovan, “Everybody Was Crying: Ella Barron, A Dutch War Bride in Amsterdam and Ingonish, Cape Breton 1923-2020”
  • Col Chris Cotton (Chief of Staff 5th Canadian Division), “How a modern reserve unit integrates into the CAF and contributes to the defence of Canada.”
  • Tyler Wentzell, “Coal Steel and Soldiers Cape Breton and Canada's Modern Aid of the Civil Power System”
2:30pm Coffee / Tea
2:45pm Keynote Address #1
  • Tim Cook, “Through Memory’s Prism: The Many Legacies of Canada’s Military History”
4:00pm Busses return to downtown hotels from CBU
7:00pm Highlander’s Military Ball, Sacred Heart Downtown (pre-reception at 6:00)

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Time Topic Speaker(s)
8:45am Coffee and Tea Reception
9:00am SESSION #3: Histories of Service: Lived Experiences of the Canadian Military
  • Chair: Brian Tennyson
  • Scott Sheffield – “The ‘Good War’? Indigenous Veterans and Communities in the Transition from War to Peace”
  • Hyacinth Simpson – “In Living Colour: Black Servicement in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918”
  • Lachlan MacKinnon - “An Immigrant Life in the Highland Unit: Anthony Sumiejski and Canadian Identity”
10:15am Coffee and Tea Break
10:30am SESSION #4: Commemorating Canada’s Military: Heritage Sites and the Memory of Warfare
  • Chair: Tim Cook
  • Anne Marie Lane Jonah – “Seeing past the Fort…History and landscape in Chignecto”
  • Ken Hynes – “Regimental Colours and their Significance to the Canadian Army”
  • Jane Arnold – “Documenting Service: Archival Approaches to Cape Breton's Military Heritage”
  • Wes Cross – “Not Lost at Sea: The Ajax Club Collection”
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Keynote Address #2
2:00pm Presentation of Colours, Cape Breton Highlanders, Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex
3:30pm Reception for Cape Breton Highlanders and guests, The Pit Lounge