Canadian Icons

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

  • 2016
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  • 29 Titles

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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
  • 13-14
  • 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

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

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

CBC | Radio-Canada Documentary Karsh: The Searching Eye

Yousuf Karsh photographed the 20th century’s most esteemed political and cultural leaders, artists, actors, religious figures and scientists — Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Indira Gandhi, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and many more. This classic documentary reveals the glamour in Karsh’s life and the modesty he maintained while being privy to so many famous lives. Karsh ...
  • 1986
  • 01:20:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Library and Archives Canada La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers

In this episode Library and Archives Canada’s Music Historian and Archivist Rachel Chiasson-Taylor discusses Mary Travers Bolduc, a traditional housewife who became known as the “Queen of Canadian Folksingers.” Find out how and why her career, which began out of simple economic necessity and, building on the music of her own roots, became the stuff of legend.
  • 2016
  • 00:34:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

The Sunday Edition Living in Hope: Viola Desmond's Story Classroom Favourites

This special presentation from CBC Radio's Sunday Edition is a dramatized account of a pivotal moment in Canadian race relations. On November 8, 1946 Viola Desmond refuses to move to the upstairs balcony in the Roseland Theatre, and is forcibly removed from the theatre and thrown in jail. The resulting legal battle was taken all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme ...
  • 2007
  • 00:54:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/02/2017