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

Power & Politics Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition Experiments on Aboriginal Children

During and following World War II residential schools were used as laboratories where scientists would test the effects of several vitamin supplements and other products on the malnurished aboriginal individuals residing there, most of them children. Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, shares his opinion and knowledge on the matter.
  • 2013
  • 00:07:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

Canada: A People's History New Times, New Ways (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of two new episodes of Canada: A People’s History, the country undergoes a seismic change. Old values are challenged and Canada charts a different future. Part 1 covers events from the last decade of the 20th century. Gays and lesbians achieve equality; Indigenous people seek redress over past abuse; the country once again stands on the brink of ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/06/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Canada: A People's History – New Times, New Ways Teacher Guide

Canada: A People's History New Times, New Ways (Part 2 of 2)

This second of two new Canada: A People's History episodes begins as 9/11 shakes the world. Canada fights terrorism in Afghanistan and pays a heavy price; the Muslim community is under suspicion; Indigenous women are Idle No More; Canadian athletes own the podium at the Olympics in Vancouver; security goes rogue when the G20 meets in Toronto; the Earth’s climate is in ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/06/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Canada: A People's History – New Times, New Ways Teacher Guide

Canada: A People's History Ordeal by Fire

Episode 12: 1915 to 1929 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:22
  • 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 - April 2020 Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

In early 2020, Coastal GasLink started work on a 670-kilometre, multi-billion dollar pipeline project designed to move natural gas from the B.C Interior to the West Coast. That pipeline goes through the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en people. The company claimed it had authority from both the province and 20 First Nations band councils, including five Wet'suwet'en Nation band councils. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:15:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/06/2020

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Teacher Guide(s)

  • NIR-20-04 - PDF - Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

  • NIR-20-04 - PPT - Pipeline Protests: Resource Development Challenges Indigenous Rights in B.C.

Canada: A People's History Rebellion and Reform

Episode 7: 1815 to 1850 CE. 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 ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 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

CBC News Syrian Refugee Crisis: Lessons from Vietnamese Boat People

As desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa make their way across Europe, many in Canada are reminded of another refugee crisis that hit close to home. In the late '70s and early '80s, Canada took in 60,000 refugees, at the time often called the "Vietnamese boat people." CBC reporter Judy Trinh was four years old when her family ...
  • 2015
  • 00:05:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/02/2015

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
  • 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