Canada: The Story of Us

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Episode 1: Worlds Collide (pre-1608 – 1759)

Hundreds of Indigenous nations with advanced cultures already live in Canada when French and English colonizers arrive and fight for land claims. Indigenous people suffer as a result of first contact.

Episode 2: Hunting Treasure (1777 - 1793)

A new generation of rebels and entrepreneurs compete for the key to this land’s prosperity – its natural resources – while others fight to protect them. It’s an epic quest for treasure that shapes the country to this day.

Episode 3: War of Independence (1812 - 1813)

Fearless, ingenious, and for the first time – united. The War of 1812 is Canada’s War of Independence. With the British Empire entrenched in a European war, a disparate group of Indigenous, French Canadian, Scottish, African Canadian, and even ex-pat American fighters fight for their new homeland.

Episode 4: Connected (1824 - 1890)

Inventors and entrepreneurs dream of uniting the country using the latest design and technology – and make their fortunes in the process. An extraordinary generation will revolutionize transportation, engineering and communications, making Canada the high-tech superstar of a newly-wired world.

Episode 5: Expansion (1858 - 1899)

In the lead up to Confederation, Canada faces the threat of American expansionism. Determined that Canada will remain independent and free, a generation of risk-takers, gold miners, cowboys and railway builders will rise to the challenge.

Episode 6: Service and Sacrifice (1916 - 1929)

Bravery and sacrifice define our new nation as war erupts across Europe. Canada, as a British Dominion, joins in the fight – a young country seeking to find its place on the world stage. It’s not long before nearly half a million Canadians travel to Europe to serve in the First World War.

Episode 7: Boom / Bust (1919 - 1937)

It’s the dawn of the 20th century, and Canada’s population is exploding. For many Canadians living in urban centres, this growth comes at a cost.

Episode 8: United at War (1939 - 1944)

WWII, a war even more terrible than the last, demands courage, commitment and ingenuity. Canada will meet this challenge head on, giving everything we have, at home and abroad. Canadians come together, working, and fighting, for a common cause. United – at war.

Episode 9: New Identity (1946 - 1970)

Canada experiences a boom-time after the war, but not all are happy with the status quo. They seek to reshape the country and challenge dark legacies of injustice. The circle of Confederation grows and Canada emerges as a complex and cosmopolitan nation on the world stage.

Episode 10: The Canadian Experiment (1976 - 1999)

Canada seeks to navigate the complexities of its diverse population, keeping its borders open to those who have nowhere else to turn while trying to negotiate a new relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Black history in Canada: A reading list

Books to read and movies to watch for a better understanding of black history in Canada. Suggestions from Nikki Clarke, Afua Cooper, Andrea Davis and Karen Flynn.

Plein phare sur l'histoire des Noirs au Canada, une table ronde virtuelle en direct

Que savons-nous de l'histoire des Noirs au Canada? Qui étaient les personnes marquantes? De quoi sommes-nous privés lorsque nous excluons les expériences et récits des Noirs de l'histoire du Canada?

Black history in Canada: a live, interactive roundtable

How much do we know about black history in Canada? Who were the key figures? What do we lose when we don't include black stories in our history?
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Watch Episode 10: The Canadian Experiment

Canada seeks to navigate the complexities of its diverse population, keeping its borders open, while trying to negotiate a new relationship with Indigenous people.
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Watch Episode 9: New Identity

Post WWII, marginalized Canadians fight for their rights

How Joey Smallwood convinced Newfoundlanders to join Confederation

From journalist to labour organizer to father of modern Newfoundland, Joey Smallwood was a polarizing figure who had an undeniable impact on the future of Canada.

When Canadians came together to help Vietnamese refugees

No Western country accepted more Vietnamese refugees per capita than Canada. And it all started in Howard Adelman's living room.

Table ronde en ligne sur l'histoire des femmes au Canada

Que savons-nous du rôle des femmes dans l'histoire canadienne?

Women in Canadian history: a live, interactive roundtable

How much do we know about the roles and perspectives of women in Canadian history?

The turban that rocked the RCMP: How Baltej Singh Dhillon challenged the RCMP — and won

When Dhillon applies to join the RCMP in 1988, the dress code forbids beards and wearing a turban in place of the uniform hat.

How Stanley Redcrow and First Nations activists reclaimed the Blue Quills Residential School

After a 17-day sit in, the federal government turned over control of the Alberta school to the Blue Quills Native Education Council in 1970. It’s goal: to have “children progress in the white man’s education, while continuing to retain their dignity and self-respect as Indian people.”

Mohawk Warriors and Canadian soldiers standoff in Oka

And 14-year-old Waneek Horn-Miller gets caught in the middle.
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Tatiana Maslany on 'acting like a baby' upon seeing Canada's majestic landscapes

Maslany was beside herself when she saw the ocean for the first time; "like being a twenty year old woman but acting like a baby because the majesty of it was so kind of overwhelming."
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'We belong here.' Zarqa Nawaz on her family connection to a Canadian landmark

Nawaz's father was one of the engineers that helped build the CN Tower.