Canadian History: Our Evolving Identity

Since the earliest days of contact between Indigenous 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. This collection of CBC documentaries, dramas and re-enactments considers multiple viewpoints and values, changing tensions and accommodations. It explores the individuals, communities and events that make up the many facets of Canada's history.

  • 2014
  • 9-12
  • 48 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC News #Beyond94 – Canada's cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples Must-See

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission spoke to thousands of survivors and found that what took place in residential schools in Canada amounted to the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples. So what changes have been made since then?
  • 2018
  • 00:03:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/18/2018

CBC Kids News A brief history of the Black Lives Matter movement Must-See

CBC Kids News contributor Elijah Sandiford digs into the history of the Black Lives Matter movement. Historian and sociologist Afua Cooper describes some critical moments in black history and Vancouver activist Jacob Callender-Prasad talks about his role fighting anti-Black racism.
  • 2020
  • 00:07:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/09/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

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

Canada: A People's History A Question of Loyalties

Episode 5: 1775 to 1815 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:19
  • 13-14
  • 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

The National Aboriginal Children Used as Test Subjects Must-See

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

Episode 2: 1540 to 1670 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:37
  • 13-14
  • 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

Canada: A People's History Battle for a Continent

Episode 4: 1754 to 1775 CE. 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. ...
  • 2000
  • 01:47:01
  • 13-14
  • 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

News in Review - September 2020 Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality

The death of George Floyd in May 2020 during an arrest in Minneapolis led to widespread protests across the U.S. and around the globe, with calls for an end to racial inequality and police violence against Black people. In Canada, thousands marched under the banner of Black Lives Matter, demanding an end to racism here too. Those protests highlighted the ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/30/2020

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Teacher Guide(s)

  • NIR-20-09 - PDF - Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality

  • NIR-20-09 - PPT - Black Lives Matter Canada: A Call for Racial Equality

Canada: A People's History Claiming the Wilderness

Episode 3: 1670 to 1755 CE. A small French settlement in New France builds a flourishing society and stakes a claim to a massive continent. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 00:51:08
  • 13-14
  • 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