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

Canada: A People's History The Crucible Must-See

Episode 14: 1940 to 1946 CE. Canada comes of age in the anguish of World War II, with soldiers on the beaches at Dieppe and women in the industrial work force back home. The country's military role, and the domestic, social and political consequences of the war are traced through poignant stories of Canadians on both sides of the Atlantic. ...
  • 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 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
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

CBC News The First Gay March

They called it "Gay Day." 100 protesters gathered in Ottawa in August 1971 for the first large-scale public protest for gay rights in Canada. Speakers addressed the fact that amendments to the criminal code in 1969 legalized their sexual relations but did little to alleviate the oppression of the gay community in everyday life. This protest came on the heels ...
  • 1971
  • 00:01:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/29/2018

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
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

Canada: A People's History The Great Enterprise

Episode 8: 1850 to 1867 BCE. In a few short years, a handful of small and separate British colonies are transformed into a new nation that controls half the North American continent. The story of Confederation, its supporters and its bitter foes, is told against a backdrop of U.S. Civil War and Britain's growing determination to be rid of its expensive, ...
  • 2000
  • 01:47:20
  • 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 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
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/16/2013

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
  • 13-14
  • 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
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013