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Canada: The Story of Us Expansion (1858-1899)

In the lead up to Confederation, Canada faces the threat of American expansionism and a decreased interest by the British in maintaining the colony. Determined that Canada will remain independent and free, a generation of risk takers, gold miners, cowboys and railway builders will rise to the challenge. But not everyone is happy with this expansion. Features stories/events include: the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/10/2017

The National Dream The Great Lone Land

In the first episode of the celebrated series The National Dream, the government of Sir John A. Macdonald announces its intentions to build a railway to the Pacific, bring British Columbia into Confederation and preserve Canadian sovereignty from sea to sea.
  • 1974
  • 00:55:39
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Sea of Mountains

In the sixth episode of The National Dream, construction in B.C. is painstakingly slower than on the Prairies. Suave contractor Andrew Onderdonk lures thousands of workers from China to help hack and tunnel through the Rockies. As the CPR creeps over the continental spine, trouble looms on the horizon.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:10
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Great Debate

In the fourth episode of The National Dream, Sir John A. Macdonald, now back in power, reluctantly agrees to name Donald Smith, Jim Hall and George Stephen as heads of the syndicate that will build the railway. Though capable, resourceful capitalists, they are tainted by U.S. railway connections. After an exhausting marathon debate, the House passes the government’s railway bill.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

The National Dream The Pacific Scandal

In episode 2 of the celebrated series The National Dream, the prime minister delivers an impassioned defence in the House, but independent MP Donald Smith breaks a Commons deadlock and Sir John resigns.
  • 1974
  • 00:55:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Horrid B.C. Business

In episode 3 of The National Dream, Canada reels in the throes of a depression as Prime Minister Mackenzie vainly tries to cope with inherited Pacific Railway frustrations. Mackenzie’s health wanes as surveyors squabble, contractors milk the public purse and B.C. clamours for the promised railway. If the railway is to be salvaged, Sir John A. Macdonald must rise from the ...
  • 1974
  • 00:56:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Desperate Days

In episode 7 of The National Dream, slow, arduous construction in the mountains and north of Superior sends costs soaring as the CPR faces financial calamity. Sir John A. Macdonald is distracted by mounting troubles in the West as farmers, Indians and Métis cry for redress. In a desperate gamble, Van Horne offers to transport 9,000 troops from the East to ...
  • 1974
  • 00:56:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Railway General

In episode 5 of The National Dream, new cities spring up as the railway snakes across the prairies. William Cornelius Van Horne is appointed CPR general manager, and he profoundly influences the future of Western Canada by his placement of railway stations.
  • 1974
  • 00:56:14
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Canada: A People's History Taking the West

Episode 10: 1873 to 1896 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Canada: A People's History From Sea to Sea

Episode 9: 1867 to 1873. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 00:50:42
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Dream The Last Spike

In the final episode of The National Dream, eastern militiamen begin the cruellest journey in Canadian military history and the national crisis is averted. The CPR faces riots, strikes and bankruptcy before an 11th-hour government loan saves the day. In November 1885, Donald Smith drives the last spike in the CPR to link Canada from sea to sea.
  • 1974
  • 00:54:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Canada: A People's History The Great Transformation

Episode 11: 1896 to 1915 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:20
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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 ...
  • 1992
  • 00:16:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/1992

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