Key Events in Canadian History

Drawing on our archive of documentaries and news reports, we’ve assembled this collection of major events throughout Canada’s history.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 34 Titles

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News in Review - February 1998 The Krever Inquiry: Assigning Blame

With anger, disillusionment and a significant loss of faith, Canadians witnessed the tragedy and legal drama of the tainted blood scandal, in this country as well as throughout the world. In each country where the supply of blood products were tainted, the investigation, repercussions and compensations did not occur in the same way. This final report on the Canadian situation ...
  • 1998
  • 00:11:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/15/1998

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The National Dream The Last Spike

In the final episode of The National Dream, eastern militiamen begin the cruellest journey in Canadian military history and the national crisis is averted. The CPR faces riots, strikes and bankruptcy before an 11th-hour government loan saves the day. In November 1885, Donald Smith drives the last spike in the CPR to link Canada from sea to sea.
  • 1974
  • 00:54:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - December 1990 The Meech Lake Special

This 1990 fall special covers three important time periods and explores chronologically the events leading to the failure of the Meech Lake Accord. The Roots of Meech covers the years 1759-1968. The second period, The Trudeau Years, takes us through 1968-1984, and the final segment, The Key Players, brings us to June 24, 1990, the day the Accord died. Archival ...
  • 1990
  • 00:55:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/26/2014

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Doc Zone The Mystery of the Bell Classroom Favourites

Could this CBC documentary solve a long-standing mystery in Metis history? From Ontario to Alberta, we follow a trail of clues through four generations of suspects in the search for one of the most sought-after historical objects in Canada. According to legend, Canadian soldiers stole the church bell from Batoche, Saskachewan after they’d defeated Louis Riel and his Metis fighters ...
  • 2014
  • 00:45:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/18/2014

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  • Mystery of the Bell Teacher Resource Guide [.pdf]

News in Review - November 1990 The October Crisis Twenty Years Later

In 1970, the October Crisis in Quebec shocked the nation. The explosive situation which existed then is vividly reviewed using archival footage, including Trudeau's "Just watch me" interview.
  • 1990
  • 00:11:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/15/1990

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Firsthand The Oka Legacy

The Oka Legacy is a POV documentary that explores how the Oka Crisis has transformed contemporary Indigenous identity in Canada. Through Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s own personal journey, The Oka Legacy retraces the events that took place in her hometown in 1990 by talking with people who lived through the events firsthand, like Clifton Nicholas and Waneek Horn Miller, as well as ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/01/2015

News in Review - March 2010 The Trials of the Toronto 18

In June 2006, police in Ontario arrested 18 young men and charged them with planning the biggest terrorist attack in Canadian history. In this News in Review we’ll look at the trials of the so-called Toronto 18. We’ll also examine what could have led these young Canadians to want to attack their own country.
  • 2010
  • 00:16:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/15/2010

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  • The Trials of the Toronto 18

Doc Zone Titanic: The Canadian Story

CBC and Radio-Canada present a special documentary marking the centenary of one of the most tragic shipping disasters of our time. Among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew were 130 men, women and children bound for Canada. They came from all walks of life, some called Canada home, others chose this country as a place of opportunity or refuge. ...
  • 2012
  • 01:27:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013