Canadian Icons

Putting together a list of Canadian icons is a big task, but our archives are deep and varied!

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 34 Titles

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CBC News 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.
  • 1997
  • 01:37:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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. 
  • 2013
  • 00:14:41
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/25/2013

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CBC News 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 ...
  • 2013
  • 00:03:04
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

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 ...
  • 2013
  • 01:28:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/30/2013

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.
  • 1992
  • 00:12:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/1992

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The National John A. Macdonald's Complicated Legacy

John A. Macdonald's complicated legacy is sparking heated debated over whether to remove his name from schools. Many Canadians are asking, how do we honour Canada's first prime minister while acknowledging his role in creating residential schools?
  • 2017
  • 00:09:43
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/11/2017

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 ...
  • 2011
  • 01:30:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/11/2013

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The National Justice Murray Sinclair Interview

CBC's 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.
  • 2015
  • 00:13:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/10/2015