Canada: A People's History

2017 means two new episodes have been added to CBC/Radio-Canada’s landmark documentary series, offering educators and students an unprecedented visual resource to support Canadian history, geography, civics, politics and issues courses. The rich video resource is supported by two Teacher Resource Packages.

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Teacher Guide(s)

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

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  • Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 10 to 12

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  • Canada: A People's History TRP, Grades 5 to 9

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Episodes

Canada: A People's History From Sea to Sea

Confederation is barely accomplished when the new dominion must face an enormous challenge: extending its reach into the vast prairies and beyond, to the Pacific Ocean. But Canada blunders catastrophically in seeking to take over the west without the consent of its inhabitants, especially the Métis of Red River and their leader, the charismatic, troubled Louis Riel. The resistance of ...
  • 2000
  • 00:50:42
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History Taking the West

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 Macdonald's single-minded insistence that the French-speaking ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:54
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History The Great Transformation

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 women's suffrage. The dizzying pace of ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:20
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Canada: A People's History Ordeal by Fire

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 war effort are also wrenching – ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:22
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History Hard Times

Canada's economy collapses during the 1930s, creating a prolonged political and social crisis. In the context of the Dust Bowl, the relief camps and the Regina Riot, political leaders such as William Aberhart, Maurice Duplessis and Mitchell Hepburn capture national attention. Meanwhile, an increasingly menacing international climate sees the rise of fascism and mounting likelihood of another world war. When ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:44
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History The Crucible

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. The horrific global conflict steals the ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:19
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History Comfort and Fear

The end of World War II signals the end of 15 years of social, political and economic upheaval. The post-war baby boom and government economic and social policies give rise to unprecedented prosperity and growth for Canadian communities. Television becomes a powerful new tool with social and political consequences. But in the midst of plenty, growing fears of the Cold ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:17
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History Years of Hope and Anger

The 1960s and 1970s are an era of ferment on every level: politics, culture and personal life. Quebec's Quiet Revolution and youth movements across North America challenge the status quo. Some events bring the country together: a new flag is introduced and Canada shines in the world's spotlight with Expo '67; while others threaten considerable upheaval: growing calls for Quebec ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:18
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Canada: A People's History In an Uncertain World

The world order and economic boom that had taken shape after World War II starts to unravel, and a new era of uncertainty begins. Free trade, globalization and regionalism converge with the rise of feminism, aboriginal claims, growing multiculturalism and the explosion of computer technology. Canada's economic, social and political environment are affected. Canada's new Charter begins to have an ...
  • 2000
  • 01:46:50
  • 9-12
  • 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

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]