The most famous Vancouverite you've never heard of
Listeners asked. The Secret Life of Canada answered.
Cheezies, Hawaiian Canadians, Gastown and a guy by the name of Portuguese Joe — these are just some of the subjects that spill out of The Secret Life of Canada's first-ever mailbag episode.
Co-hosts Falen Johnson and Leah Simone-Bowen answer listener questions from across the country, a feat which takes them on a journey from the origin of the term "Canuck," to the legend and progeny of Portuguese Joe, to the most Canadian of crunchy cheese snacks, and more.
Also, Leah and Falen bring back sound effects by special request. Brace yourselves for the return of bell and buzzer.
What you'll hear this episode
- How a man named Joe Silvey, nicknamed Portuguese Joe, and his Coast Salish wives Khaltinaht and Kwatleematt, ended up inspiring a statue in Stanley Park (by one of their 500 descendants!)
- The history behind the land that is now known as Stanley Park, which might have been Joe's Park if history had gone a bit differently.
- A brief history of the Potlatch ceremony and why it was banned for decades. (Hint hint.)
- A brief history of early Vancouver, the origins of "Gastown," and a man who was creepy even by historical standards.
- The sordid history of how many young Indigenous women were forced into child marriages, and why Canada isn't doing so well on the child marriage file today.
- Why many Vancouverites can trace their origins back to Hawaii.
- How Hawkins Cheezies became a uniquely Canadian snack, and why they don't advertise!
- Leah's case for categorizing the Caesar cocktail (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!) as a snack.
- New $700,000 Sculpture in Stanley Park Explores Portuguese-Aboriginal Roots. Inside Vancouver article by Remy Scalza.
- The story behind Stanley Park's new Shore to Shore Public Art. Video by Global News.
- Luke Marston: Artist profile. Biography page posted on Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Ltd.
- The Remarkable Adventures of Portuguese Joe Silvy. Book by Jean Barman.
- Halq'emeyelem Language. Video by ShawTV Fraser Valley.
- Musqueam Indian Band, official website.
- shíshálh Nation, official website.
- Squamish Nation, official website.
- Cowichan Tribes, official website.
- Kwantlen First Nation, official website.
- The Potlach Ceramony. Encyclopedia article by René R. Gadacz for Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Indigenous Activists Raise Awareness of Vancouver founder Gassy Jack's lesser-known history. The Early Edition. CBC Vancouver.
- Indigenous activists say the story of Gassy Jack is missing sordid details. CBC News article by Laura Sciarpelletti.
- Hawaiian-Canadians and 'Buffalo' Canadians: The hidden history of confederation. Globe and Mail article by Doug Saunders.
- Hawaiian settlement on Russell Island. Article by Parks Canada.
- Child marriage 'legal and ongoing' in Canada, researcher finds. National Post article by Joseph Brean.
- Forced marriage in Canada 'more prevalent' than thought: ex-child bride. CTV News report by Sonja Puzic.
- History of Hawkins Cheezies. Web post by Hawkins Cheezies.
- The surprising story behind Canada's beloved Cheezies. Interview with Janis Thiessen on The Next Chapter, CBC Radio, hosted by Shelagh Rogers.