Library and Archives Canada

As the custodian of our distant past and recent history, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a key resource for all Canadians who wish to gain a better understanding of who they are, individually and collectively. LAC acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to our documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

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Episodes

Library and Archives Canada Canada's Flag: The Maple Leaf Forever New

Canada's flag, with its distinctive maple leaf and bold red-and-white colour scheme has become such a potent symbol for our country that it’s hard to believe it has only been around for 50 years. On February 15, 1965, the new flag flew for the first time on Parliament Hill for all to see, but unveiling the new design was anything ...
  • 2015
  • 00:33:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada Celia Franca: Shall we dance? New

Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance. This episode features Library and Archives Canada archivists Michel Guénette, Théo Martin and assistant archivist Judith Enright-Smith who will speak to us about who Celia Franca was, and the dance-related ...
  • 2015
  • 00:30:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies New

The poem In Flanders Fields — which is over 100 years old — is considered to be the most popular poem from the First World War. This episode features archivist Emily Monks-Leeson from Library and Archives Canada who will guide us through the life of John McCrae, the Canadian soldier who penned the poem. She will help us understand the conditions from ...
  • 2015
  • 00:35:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada Let us be Canadians: Sir John A. Macdonald New

While some aspects of John A. Macdonald's life and legacy remain contentious, most agree that his role in the creation of Canada was paramount. In this episode the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) team explores the life and career of Macdonald with award-winning journalist-historian Arthur Milnes as guide. Also featured is LAC art archivist and curator Madeleine Trudeau, who speaks ...
  • 2015
  • 00:37:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada Yousuf Karsh: Pursuing Greatness New

In this episode we explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who came to Canada as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer. We are joined by Karsh expert Dr. Robert Evans and photo archivist Jill Delaney from Library and Archives Canada. They speak to us about who Yousuf Karsh was, what makes his photographs so ...
  • 2015
  • 00:50:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021