The Historical Society of Ottawa – Speaker Series
Guest Speaker: J.Y. Pelletier
When the Ontario provincial government in 1912 decided to outlaw French-language education in Ontario schools, little did the realize the anger and defiance that would result in places like Ottawa. Learn the story of the two young sisters who would defy the authorities and secretly continue to teach Lowertown’s Franco-Ontarian children in the mother tongue. Hear about the outraged mothers and fathers who would surround the school armed with hatpins brooms, rolling pins and frying pans… and successfully fend of platoons of police for the sake of their children’s education!