Canada 150: Icons

Putting together a list of Canadian icons is a big task, but our archives are deep and varied. This collection will keep growing as Canada’s 150th celebrations continue throughout 2017! Let us know what you think.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 32 Titles
Bourassa: The End of an Era
  • 1994
  • 00:18:01
  • 13-14

News in Review - February 1994
Bourassa: The End of an Era

This chronological report reviews a significant period of time in the political history of Quebec and the career of one of the key players.
Cindy Blackstock
  • 2016
  • 00:21:21
  • 13-14

Mansbridge One on One
Cindy Blackstock

Peter Mansbridge sits down with Cindy Blackstock about her work advocating for the equal treatment and funding for aboriginal and First Nations children.
  • Added on: 04/04/2016
Donald Marshall
  • 1990
  • 00:10:07
  • 13-14

News in Review - September 1990
Donald Marshall

The Donald Marshall case is as straightforward as it is tragic. Marshall is a Mi’kmaq man who spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The subsequent inquiry showed evidence that discrimination and incorrect procedures led to this miscarriage of justice. The justice and police systems not only failed him, they indicted, tried, convicted and, ultimately, ...
Elizabeth May Interview
  • 2015
  • 00:24:39
  • 13-14

The National
Elizabeth May Interview

Green Party leader Elizabeth May is willing to mediate a coalition to topple Stephen Harper. CBC News' chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sits down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the October 2015 election. Mansbridge and May discuss proportional representation, eliminating university and college tuition fees, halting the use of fossil fuels ...
  • Added on: 09/18/2015
Flora's Afghan Mission: Politician to Humanitarian
  • 2009
  • 00:28:16
  • 13-14

CBC News Special
Flora's Afghan Mission: Politician to Humanitarian

When Carole MacNeil went to Afghanistan in 2008, she and her team were eager to find the "real" Afghanistan — the places not normally seen on the news, the people who are trying to make their lives work in the wake of decades of war and an American-led invasion. This feature documentary goes beyond the military perspective and explores the humanitarian ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Freedom for David Milgaard
  • 1992
  • 00:10:48
  • 13-14

News in Review - May 1992
Freedom for David Milgaard

The possibility of an innocent person being wrongfully arrested, convicted and punished has always been a risk and a fear in our justice system. This story traces the history of the David Milgaard case from his conviction for murder to his release from jail following the decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Saskatchewan Justice Department. Did the ...
Great Canadian Speeches (Part 1 of 2)
  • 1997
  • 01:17:58
  • 13-14

CBC News Special
Great Canadian Speeches (Part 1 of 2)

From the News Archives of the CBC comes the landmark production Great Canadian Speeches, a two-volume collection capturing key moments in our political history. Mackenzie King makes farewell address to the Liberal Party. Pierre Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act on national television. Tommy Douglas responds to Trudeau. René Lévesque addresses the 1980 Quebec referendum defeat. Jean Chrétien speaks prior to ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Great Canadian Speeches (Part 2 of 2)
  • 1997
  • 01:37:51
  • 13-14

CBC News Special
Great Canadian Speeches (Part 2 of 2)

From the News Archives of the CBC comes the landmark production Great Canadian Speeches, a two-volume collection capturing key moments in our political history. Lester Pearson promotes a new flag before hostile legionnaires. Kim Campbell gives 1993 concession speech. Jacques Parizeau delivers 1995 post-Quebec-referendum speech. Lucien Bouchard presents 1995 post-Quebec-referendum speech. Preston Manning announces the 1996 Reform Party Fresh Start Campaign.
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Henry Morgentaler, Death of a Canadian Protagonist
  • 2013
  • 00:14:41
  • 15-17

News in Review - September 2013
Henry Morgentaler, Death of a Canadian Protagonist

He was a Second World War concentration camp survivor who came to Canada, became a doctor and changed the way the country treated women seeking abortions. Henry Morgentaler was a controversial figure – loved by some, reviled by others. He died on May 29, 2013. 
Honouring Lincoln Alexander
  • 2013
  • 00:03:04
  • 9-12

CBC News Now
Honouring Lincoln Alexander

The CBC's Asha Tomlinson visits Lord Dufferin Public School, which as part of Black History Month is remembering and honouring Lincoln Alexander — Canada's first black Member of Parliament, the country’s first black federal cabinet minister and Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor. This story also features Dr. George Elliott Clarke, a professor and writer from Toronto, who discusses the many ...
  • Added on: 01/30/2014
Jack
  • 2013
  • 01:28:20
  • 13-14

Feature Film
Jack

The biopic Jack recounts Layton’s relationship with MP and wife Olivia Chow, his early days in Toronto municipal politics and his emergence onto the national stage — leading to the NDP's impressive federal election campaign in 2011 and his death from cancer just weeks later. A large part of the film centres in on Layton's personal life and his relationship ...
  • Added on: 07/30/2013
Joey: The Last Father of Confederation
  • 1992
  • 00:12:54
  • 13-14

News in Review - February 1992
Joey: The Last Father of Confederation

The death of former Newfoundland Premier Joey Smallwood in December 1991 recalls an important chapter in Canadian constitutional history.
John A.: Birth of a Country
  • 2011
  • 01:30:04
  • 13-14

CBC Drama Special
John A.: Birth of a Country

John A: Birth of a Country is a story of personal hatred, public passion and the rivalry that shaped Canada. The time is 1856 to 1864. Two men, each profoundly committed to his own views, battle to dominate Canada's future. This drama lays bare the passionate struggle between John A. Macdonald, the charismatic leader of the Conservative Party and his ...
  • Added on: 11/11/2013
Justice Murray Sinclair Interview
  • 2015
  • 00:13:05
  • 15-17

The National
Justice Murray Sinclair Interview

CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge talks with Justice Murray Sinclair, who heads the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. After just over six years, and the work of recording the statements of over 7,200 residential school survivors, he discusses what Canada needs to do next.
  • Added on: 09/10/2015
Justin Trudeau Interview
  • 2015
  • 00:30:03
  • 13-14

The National
Justin Trudeau Interview

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau says he would loosen the tight grip the Prime Minister's Office has come to have on government, reversing a trend he admits began with his father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. CBC News' chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sits down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of ...
  • Added on: 09/18/2015
Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story
  • 2007
  • 00:54:30
  • 13-14

The Sunday Edition
Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story New

This special presentation from CBC Radio's Sunday Edition is a dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova ...
  • Added on: 02/02/2017
Louis Riel: Changing Perceptions
  • 1992
  • 00:16:47
  • 13-14

News in Review - April 1992
Louis Riel: Changing Perceptions

There has been perhaps no more enigmatic figure in Canadian history than Louis Riel. In leading two rebellions, in 1870 in the Red River area of present-day Manitoba and in 1885 in Saskatchewan, Riel fought for the rights of the Métis, a distinct cultural group who were the offspring of marriages between French fur traders and aboriginal women. As Canada ...
Michaëlle Jean: Our Governor General
  • 2006
  • 00:17:01
  • 13-14

News in Review - November 2006
Michaëlle Jean: Our Governor General

On September 27, 2005, Michaëlle Jean was sworn in as Canada's Governor General. Since then she has brought her own sense of purpose and style to her job as the Queen's representative. In this News in Review story we'll look at Michalle Jean's first year in office. We'll travel with her to Haiti, the country where she was born. We'll ...
Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter
  • 2016
  • 00:10:23
  • 13-14

News in Review - January 2016
Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

Mona Parsons was a Canadian actress, nurse and unlikely hero. She became a member of an informal resistance in the Netherlands against the Nazis during the Second World War and was Canada’s only civilian female prisoner of war. Yet few have heard of her. Reporter Reg Sherren travelled to Nova Scotia to learn her story.
Mystery of Champlain
  • 2008
  • 00:45:02
  • 9-12

Doc Zone
Mystery of Champlain

Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec City, is remembered as a daring adventurer, a meticulous mapmaker and a great explorer. But in fact his life is as big a mystery as this vast country was when he first landed. This hour-long documentary calls upon a series of talented sleuths. These men and women have dedicated themselves to filling out ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Only in Canada: Rocky Jones
  • 2013
  • 00:02:30
  • 13-14

The National
Only in Canada: Rocky Jones

The National's popular Only in Canada segment puts the spotlight on Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones, a man remembered for his unflinching dedication to civil and human rights in Nova Scotia. Considered a revolutionary by some, Jones had connections with the Black Panther Party and was a founding member of the Black United Front in Nova Scotia. A prominent Halifax lawyer, he was ...
  • Added on: 01/30/2014
Pierre Trudeau: Captivating a Nation
  • 2000
  • 00:15:57
  • 13-14

News in Review - October 2000
Pierre Trudeau: Captivating a Nation

Never before had Canada seen anything like Pierre Trudeau – neither in life nor in death. As Prime Minister for 15 years, he set bold initiatives, redefined what it meant to be a Canadian and was the leading actor on the national political scene. Whether patriating the constitution, enacting the Charter of Rights, promoting bilingualism or nurturing a greater sense ...
Roberta Bondar: A Canadian in Space
  • 1992
  • 00:10:54
  • 9-12

News in Review - March 1992
Roberta Bondar: A Canadian in Space

Dan Bjarnason takes us to Cape Canaveral for the launch of Canada's second astronaut in space and reviews Dr. Bondar's professional achievements.
Stephen Harper Interview
  • 2015
  • 00:26:21
  • 13-14

The National
Stephen Harper Interview

Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper vows to quit as PM even if his party loses by a single seat. CBC News' chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sits down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the October 2015 election. Mansbridge and Harper discuss the economy, the Syrian refugee crisis, military ...
  • Added on: 09/18/2015
Terry Fox: Remembering a Canadian Hero
  • 2011
  • 00:15:05
  • 13-14

News in Review - October 2011
Terry Fox: Remembering a Canadian Hero

It’s been 30 years since Terry Fox died in a British Columbia hospital, one month short of his 23rd birthday and nine months after he was forced to give up his cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. In this News in Review story we’ll look at his legendary run and his enduring legacy.
The Latimer Case: Mercy or Murder?
  • 1995
  • 00:13:54
  • 15-17

News in Review - September 1995
The Latimer Case: Mercy or Murder?

What is the Latimer case all about? First and foremost it is about Tracy Latimer, a young Saskatchewan girl severely disabled with cerebral palsy who was intentionally killed by her father, Robert. It is also about her family who loved her and suffered with her. The killing of Tracy by her father has been characterized as everything from premeditated criminal ...
The Man Who Tweeted Earth
  • 2013
  • 00:44:34
  • 9-12

The Nature of Things
The Man Who Tweeted Earth Classroom Favourites

Most of us can only imagine what the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have experienced. The distance has made it seem unknowable. But December 2012 that all began to change. From the moment Hadfield arrived at the ISS for a five-month mission, he transformed the way we connect to space. Millions followed his every move. His YouTube videos were ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
The McCurdy Birthright
  • 2007
  • 00:45:17
  • 13-14

Generations
The McCurdy Birthright

In the 1980s, Howard McCurdy was a feisty Member of Parliament from Windsor, the first black NDP MP and the only black person in the House of Commons at the time. He became known for his interest in civil rights, for people of all races and colours. It's a passion he inherited from many McCurdys before him. The McCurdys settled in ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
The Oil Sands and the Environment
  • 2008
  • 00:17:37
  • 13-14

News in Review - February 2008
The Oil Sands and the Environment

Alberta’s oil sands have transformed Canada into a world energy superpower. The profits are staggering, but so are the costs to the environment. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the effects of this modern-day black gold rush. We’ll also examine how the rising demand for oil is forcing the Alberta government to make some very difficult choices.
Thomas Mulcair Interview
  • 2015
  • 00:32:46
  • 13-14

The National
Thomas Mulcair Interview

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says his first acts as prime minister would include pulling Canadian Forces out of Iraq and Syria, bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees and reducing taxes for small and medium-sized businesses. CBC News' chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sits down for exclusive one-on-one interviews with each of the main federal party leaders in advance of the October 2015 ...
  • Added on: 09/18/2015
Two Canadians Meet in Space
  • 2009
  • 00:15:22
  • 9-12

News in Review - September 2009
Two Canadians Meet in Space

In July 2009, Canadian astronaut Julie Payette rocketed into space and made history. When she met her colleague Robert Thirsk on board the International Space Station, it was the first time two Canadians had been in space at once. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the mission that brought the two astronauts together and examine Canada’s role ...
Who Owns My Life? The Sue Rodriguez Story
  • 1994
  • 00:50:53
  • 15-17

Witness
Who Owns My Life? The Sue Rodriguez Story

This moving documentary chronicles the last 18 months in the life of a courageous woman who battled a fatal disease while fighting for her legal right to doctor-assisted suicide. We go behind the scenes and beyond the issues to spend intimate moments with this gracious, yet determined woman who allowed her personal pain to become public in her bid for ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Guides

Donald Marshall

Donald Marshall

Freedom for David Milgaard

Freedom for David Milgaard

NIR-13-09 - Henry Morgentaler: Death of a Canadian Protagonist

NIR-13-09 - Henry Morgentaler: Death of a Canadian Protagonist

John A Teacher Resource Guide

John A Teacher Resource Guide

Louis Riel: Changing Perceptions

Louis Riel: Changing Perceptions

Michaelle Jean: Our Governor General

Michaelle Jean: Our Governor General

NIR-16-01 - Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

NIR-16-01 - Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

Pierre Trudeau: Captivating a Nation

Pierre Trudeau: Captivating a Nation

Terry Fox: Remembering a Canadian Hero

Terry Fox: Remembering a Canadian Hero

The Latimer Case: Mercy or Murder?

The Latimer Case: Mercy or Murder?

The Oil Sands and the Environment

The Oil Sands and the Environment

Two Canadians Meet in Space

Two Canadians Meet in Space