Canadian Icons

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

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 29 Titles

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News in Review - April 1992 Louis Riel: Changing Perceptions

There has been perhaps no more enigmatic figure in Canadian history than Louis Riel. In leading two rebellions, in 1870 in the Red River area of present-day Manitoba and in 1885 in Saskatchewan, Riel fought for the rights of the Métis, a distinct cultural group who were the offspring of marriages between French fur traders and aboriginal women. As Canada ...
  • 1992
  • 00:16:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/1992

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Library and Archives Canada Mackenzie King: Against his Will

William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest serving prime minister, an accomplished politician and a prolific writer. He kept an ongoing diary from 1893, until a few days before his death in 1950, in which he wrote down meticulous accounts of his life in politics and fascinating details from his private life. This episode features professor and author Christopher Dummitt, ...
  • 2018
  • 01:01:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/22/2021

News in Review - January 2016 Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

Mona Parsons was a Canadian actress, nurse and unlikely hero. She became a member of an informal resistance in the Netherlands against the Nazis during the Second World War and was Canada’s only civilian female prisoner of war. Yet few have heard of her. Reporter Reg Sherren travelled to Nova Scotia to learn her story.
  • 2016
  • 00:10:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/22/2016

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  • NIR-16-01 - Mona Parsons: Canada's Nazi Resistance Fighter

Doc Zone Mystery of Champlain

Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec City, is remembered as a daring adventurer, a meticulous mapmaker and a great explorer. But in fact his life is as big a mystery as this vast country was when he first landed. This hour-long documentary calls upon a series of talented sleuths. These men and women have dedicated themselves to filling out ...
  • 2008
  • 00:45:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

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The National Only in Canada: Rocky Jones

The National's popular Only in Canada segment puts the spotlight on Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones, a man remembered for his unflinching dedication to civil and human rights in Nova Scotia. Considered a revolutionary by some, Jones had connections with the Black Panther Party and was a founding member of the Black United Front in Nova Scotia. A prominent Halifax lawyer, he was ...
  • 2013
  • 00:02:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/30/2014

News in Review - October 2000 Pierre Trudeau: Captivating a Nation

Never before had Canada seen anything like Pierre Trudeau – neither in life nor in death. As Prime Minister for 15 years, he set bold initiatives, redefined what it meant to be a Canadian and was the leading actor on the national political scene. Whether patriating the constitution, enacting the Charter of Rights, promoting bilingualism or nurturing a greater sense ...
  • 2000
  • 00:15:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/2000

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Mansbridge One on One Rick Hansen

Almost 30 years after he circled the globe to raise funds for spinal chord research — a cause his foundation continues to pursue today — Peter Mansbridge catches up with a man who is both one of Canada's most admired individuals and most prominent wheelchair athletes.
  • 2016
  • 00:22:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/01/2017

News in Review - March 2017 Roberta Bondar: Stellar Inspiration

​Twenty five years ago, Roberta Bondar blasted into history as the first Canadian woman in space. A research scientist in neurology, she used her education in the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission on board Space Shuttle Discovery. Now, a quarter of a century later, she’s still flying high, reaching out to a younger generation to spark their curiosity in all things ...
  • 2017
  • 00:19:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/23/2017

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  • NIR-17-03 - Roberta Bondar: Stellar Inspiration