Hatpins & Defiance

On Wednesday, 12 October, at 1 pm in the auditorium at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, the Historical Society of Ottawa hosts a presentation by Jean-François Lozier, Curator, Canadian Museum of History.

Hatpins & Defiance: The Battle in Ottawa against Regulation 17

The Ontario government in 1912 could not have imagined the outrage that would result when they passed legislation to outlaw French-language education in the province’s schools.

The anger and resistance was no greater than in Ottawa’s Lowertown, scene of the fabled “Battle of the Hatpins” in which dozens of mothers armed with hatpins, brooms, rolling pins, and frying pans surrounded the local school and successfully fended off the police in defence of their children’s right to be educated in their mother tongue.

All are welcome to attend without charge.

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