Canada: A People's History

The complete landmark 17-episode, 32-hour series follows events from pre-history to 1990. Charting the country's past, this series chronicles the rise and fall of empires, the clash of great armies and epoch-making rebellions. The vibrant story is one of courage, daring and folly, told through the personal testimonies of the everyday men and women who lived it — trappers and traders, pirates and prospectors, soldiers and settlers, saints and shopkeepers. Teacher Resource Packages are available to help you maximize classroom presentation of the series — Grades 5-9 or Grades 10-12. These guides are supported by additional background material and downloadable blackline masters which can be found at cbc.ca/history, an essential resource for those teaching Canadian History who have access to the Canada: A People's History educational videos.

  • 2014
  • 9-12
  • 17 Titles
Canada: A People's History, Episode 10: Taking the West
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 10: Taking the West

The 1870s and 1880s are a time of trial for the young Dominion of Canada. The country's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, faces economic depression in the fast-growing factories of the east and a new revolt in the west, led by his old nemesis, Louis Riel. The suppression of the Northwest Rebellion and Macdonald's single-minded insistence that the French-speaking ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 11: The Great Transformation
  • 2000
  • 01:46:20
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 11: The Great Transformation

Massive waves of immigration, a headlong economic boom with the growth of prairie agriculture and urban industry transform Canada between 1896 and 1915. Those who shape the new society include peasants from Eastern Europe, in search of free land; socialists who try to mobilize an emerging urban working class; and campaigners for temperance and women's suffrage. The dizzying pace of ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 12: Ordeal by Fire
  • 2000
  • 01:46:22
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 12: Ordeal by Fire

Canada's heavy military role in World War I (60,000 dead in a population of eight million) transforms its society, its politics and its place in the world. The horror, bravery and sacrifice of trench warfare are evoked in Canada's great battles: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Courcelette and Passchendaele. The domestic consequences of Canada's war effort are also wrenching – ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 13: Hard Times
  • 2000
  • 01:46:44
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 13: Hard Times

Canada's economy collapses during the 1930s, creating a prolonged political and social crisis. In the context of the Dust Bowl, the relief camps and the Regina Riot, political leaders such as William Aberhart, Maurice Duplessis and Mitchell Hepburn capture national attention. Meanwhile, an increasingly menacing international climate sees the rise of fascism and mounting likelihood of another world war. When ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 14: The Crucible
  • 2000
  • 01:46:19
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 14: The Crucible

Canada comes of age in the anguish of World War II, with soldiers on the beaches at Dieppe and women in the industrial work force back home. The country's military role, and the domestic, social and political consequences of the war are traced through poignant stories of Canadians on both sides of the Atlantic. The horrific global conflict steals the ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 15: Comfort and Fear
  • 2000
  • 01:46:17
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 15: Comfort and Fear

The end of World War II signals the end of 15 years of social, political and economic upheaval. The post-war baby boom and government economic and social policies give rise to unprecedented prosperity and growth for Canadian communities. Television becomes a powerful new tool with social and political consequences. But in the midst of plenty, growing fears of the Cold ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 16: Years of Hope and Anger
  • 2000
  • 01:46:18
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 16: Years of Hope and Anger

The 1960s and 1970s are an era of ferment on every level: politics, culture and personal life. Quebec's Quiet Revolution and youth movements across North America challenge the status quo. Some events bring the country together: a new flag is introduced and Canada shines in the world's spotlight with Expo '67; while others threaten considerable upheaval: growing calls for Quebec ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 17: In an Uncertain World
  • 2000
  • 01:46:50
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 17: In an Uncertain World

The world order and economic boom that had taken shape after World War II starts to unravel, and a new era of uncertainty begins. Free trade, globalization and regionalism converge with the rise of feminism, aboriginal claims, growing multiculturalism and the explosion of computer technology. Canada's economic, social and political environment are affected. Canada's new Charter begins to have an ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 1: When the World Began
  • 2000
  • 01:48:04
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 1: When the World Began

The opening episode of this 17-part documentary ranges across the continent, looking back more than 15,000 years to recount the varied history of the first occupants of the territory that would become Canada. From the rich resource of native oral history and archeology come the stories of the land's first people - how dozens of distinct societies took shape, and ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 2: Adventurers and Mystics
  • 2000
  • 01:46:37
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 2: Adventurers and Mystics

With the search for the Northwest Passage and the expansion of the Grand Banks fishery, the New World soon becomes a destination for permanent European colonies, in Newfoundland and along the St. Lawrence. Samuel de Champlain begins his legendary journeys, and the precarious beginnings of New France are established. It is an era of unprecedented alliances and devastating conflicts with ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 3: Claiming the Wilderness
  • 2000
  • 00:51:08
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 3: Claiming the Wilderness

A small French settlement in New France builds a flourishing society and stakes a claim to a massive continent between 1660 and 1750. New France's populace includes shopkeepers, artisans, farmers and landlords, as well as fur-trading expansionists like Governor Frontenac and his commercial partner, Robert Cavelier de La Salle, who build a network of Indian alliances and extend French trading ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 4: Battle for a Continent
  • 2000
  • 01:47:01
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 4: Battle for a Continent

A period of a little more than two decades in the mid-18thcentury changes the destiny of North America. England and France battle each other in the Seven Years' War, a conflict that begins as a clash between les Canadiens and land-hungry American settlers in the Ohio Valley and becomes a world war that engulfs the continent. Fortress Louisbourg, symbol of the French ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 5: A Question of Loyalties
  • 2000
  • 01:46:19
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 5: A Question of Loyalties

At the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775, American rebels invade Canada, but despite the efforts of rebel spies to entice Quebec to join the revolution, les Canadiens refuse to take up arms against British rule, and the invasion ultimately fails. The mass migration of Loyalists that follows - more than 40,000 people in all - creates an English-speaking Canada virtually ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 6: The Pathfinders
  • 2000
  • 01:47:19
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 6: The Pathfinders

The Canadian west is opened by the great fur-trading empires of the Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies, the native people who were their indispensable allies, and bold explorers and map makers who ventured from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean and long-sought-for Pacific. Pierre Esprit Radisson defies a governor to take New France's trade far into the continent's interior ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 7: Rebellion and Reform
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 7: Rebellion and Reform

By 1830, the struggle for democratic government in the colonies of British North America has reached fever pitch. As the colonies grow in wealth and population, a generation of charismatic reformers - Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, Louis-Joseph Papineau in Lower Canada and William Lyon Mackenzie in Upper Canada - confront the appointed governors and their local favourites with one ...
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Canada: A People's History, Episode 8: The Great Enterprise
  • 2000
  • 01:47:20
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 8: The Great Enterprise

In a few short years, a handful of small and separate British colonies are transformed into a new nation that controls half the North American continent. The story of Confederation, its supporters and its bitter foes, is told against a backdrop of U.S. Civil War and Britain's growing determination to be rid of its expensive, ungrateful colonies. The dawn of ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Canada: A People's History, Episode 9: From Sea to Sea
  • 2000
  • 00:50:42
  • 9-12

Canada: A People's History
Canada: A People's History, Episode 9: From Sea to Sea

Confederation is barely accomplished when the new dominion must face an enormous challenge: extending its reach into the vast prairies and beyond, to the Pacific Ocean. But Canada blunders catastrophically in seeking to take over the west without the consent of its inhabitants, especially the Métis of Red River and their leader, the charismatic, troubled Louis Riel. The resistance of ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

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Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

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Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9