Canadian History: Our Evolving Identity

Since the earliest days of contact between Aboriginal peoples and the first European arrivals, the country that came to be known as Canada has been shaped by an ongoing (and safe to say, imperfect) process of negotiation. Multiple viewpoints and values, changing tensions and accommodations – this bundle of CBC documentaries, dramas and re-enactments explores the individuals, communities and events that make up the many facets of Canada's history.

The collection includes the following titles:

1. *Canada: A People's History (17-part series)

2. War of 1812: Been There, Won That

3. The National Dream (eight-part series)

4. *John A: Birth of a Country

5. *8th Fire (four-part series)

6. *The Mystery of the Bell

7. Aboriginal Education Then and Now (six-part collection)

Discussion guides (in print or PDF) are available as indicated (*).

  • 2014
  • 9-12
  • 38 Titles

Teacher Guide(s)

  • John A Teacher Resource Guide

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

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

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  • 8th Fire Teacher Resource Guide

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  • Mystery of the Bell Teacher Resource Guide [.pdf]

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Included in this collection

CBC News "Got Land?": The Controversial T-shirt Slogan

It's a simple slogan that sparked a complicated conversation about First Nations land treaties in Saskatchewan, and a young student found herself in the middle. Thirteen-year-old Tenelle Start didn't realize the controversy her sweatshirt would create until she wore it to school. It reads "Got Land?" on the front, and "Thank an Indian" on the back. Tenelle Starr was asked ...
  • 2014
  • 00:02:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

Canada: A People's History 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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

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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The National Aboriginal Children Used as Test Subjects

Newly surfaced documents shine a light on experiments that were conducted on hundreds of aboriginal individuals, most of them young children, during and following World War II. Residential schools were the testing grounds for government scientists to observe the effects of several products on the malnurished bodies of aboriginal children without their consent or even their knowing. 
  • 2013
  • 00:03:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

Canada: A People's History 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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

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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC News An Urban Aboriginal High School

This CBC News report from Waubgeshig Rice introduces an Ottawa school that is finding out that flexibility and culture are crucial to turning out graduates. Vanessa Snowboy is one of 35 students enrolled at Ottawa’s Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School, run out of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. She speaks Cree freely with other classmates who are also ...
  • 2013
  • 00:02:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/14/2014

8th Fire At the Crossroads

At the close of the series, we meet young Aboriginals preparing to change the future, determined to light the 8th Fire and build a new relationship with Canada. A fascinating range of artists, activists and business people take us through ways to shed the colonial past and build new pathways in education and economic development. This is all in pursuit ...
  • 2012
  • 00:43:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

  • 8th Fire Teacher Resource Guide

Canada: A People's History 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:47:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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

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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 00:51:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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

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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]