The woman who stood up to the Premier
Vivian MacMillan's true story among topics that fascinate Secret Life of Canada listeners
Why are treaties numbered? Who was Vivian MacMillan? When was the department store Zellers formed? These are just some of the questions that listeners had for The Secret Life of Canada team.
Co-hosts Leah Simone-Bowen and Falen Johnson answer questions from across the country in their final episode of the season. They explain the history behind the word "unceded" and journey to Calgary to tell the story of one of the most talked about court cases in the 1930s. Then, they dive into the ongoing love affair that Canadians have with the now defunct discount chain Zellers.
What you'll hear this episode
- Why some treaties, the agreements between the government of Canada and Indigenous people, were numbered and why others received names.
- A brief explainer of the term "unceded"
- A piece of early Alberta history first covered in the Secret Life of Canada Live show — back by special request.
- The details of how a young woman named Vivian MacMillan sued the sitting premier of Alberta, John Edward Brownlee, after years of assault.
- How Walter Zeller founded the first Zellers Ltd. department store.
- The many "firsts" by the chain, including the first restaurant in a department store!
- Where Zeddy — the Zellers mascot ended up after the store closed.
- A shout out to all our listeners, but especially Ashley Gibson of Halifax, Jen Nassif of Calgary and Garth "Do Zellers!" Baker, who sent in the questions that inspired this episode.
- Numbered Treaties. Article by The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- Treaties, Rights and Title. Yellowhead Institute.
- The Numbered Treaties (1871-1921) Government of Canada.
- Summaries of Pre-1975 Treaties. Government of Canada
- B.C. Treaty Commission. Website
- Scoundrels and Scallywags - Characters from Alberta's Past. Book by Brian Brennan
- "Alberta's premier charged with seducing young woman." Article, Edmonton Journal
- Zeller Family Foundation. About Us page on website.
- The Zellers Store Parody Twitter Account
- Zellers History. HBC Heritage
- "Inside the zany final days at Zellers" Article by Nick Boisvert, CBC News.
- "Zellers prepares to close, so what happens to Zeddy the bear?" Article by Lesley Ciarula Taylor, Toronto Star
- Camp Trillium Website