Sport at the Lakehead During the Great War

15 April at 7:00 PM EST

Dr. C. Nathan Hatton

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The First World War impacted virtually every aspect of day-to-day life for Canadians. It is should be unsurprising that it also dramatically changed the face of sport at the Lakehead. Canada’s immersion into four years of armed conflict not only disrupted the status quo of local sport but led to existential questions of whether sport should continue on at all in light of large-scale economic upheaval and ever-mounting casualty numbers. In the face of an unparalleled global crisis, however, local sport proved to be an adaptive social institution that was continually remoulded to serve new purposes in the context of ‘total war.’


Dr. C. Nathan Hatton is an award-winning historian and instructor with the Department of History at Lakehead University. As both an author and filmmaker, his research endeavours have been funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, Sport Canada, and the Ontario Arts Council. Committed to the field of public history, Dr. Hatton has worked as the on-site director for the Finnish Labour Temple (a National Historic Site) and as a historical consultant for films. He continues to focus on public engagement through multiple media, with the goal of making history accessible and relevant for all. Dr. Hatton’s current projects include an examination of public discourse around injuries in combat sports, Métis identity in Canada, and a documentary focused on veterans living with PTSD.