Canada: A People's History chronicles the human drama that is Canada's journey from past to present. Diaries, letters and archival documents tell the stories of those who shaped this country, in their own words. Using historical re-enactments, dazzling photography and digital special effects, Canada: A People's History presents Canada as you've never seen it: a riveting account of our history, through the eyes of the people who lived it.
The 17-part series, the most watched documentary series in Canadian television history, is available on VHS and DVD.
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Episodes 1-5 of the popular Canada: A People's History documentary series are available in English and French in
VHS and DVD formats.
These episodes range from ancient history and the stories passed down through native oral tradition to the first electric encounters between natives and Europeans, and from the wrenching battles that engulf the continent to the mass migration of Loyalists and the War of 1812. The dramatic stories of Canada's beginnings unfold on a spectacular, forbidding landscape.
Episode 1: "When the World Began…" (15,000 B.C. - 1800 A.D.)
Episode 2: "Adventurers and Mystics" (1540 - 1670)
Episode 3: "Claiming the Wilderness" (1670 - 1754)
Episode 4: "Battle for a Continent" (1755 - 1775)
Episode 5: "A Question of Loyalties" (1775 - 1815)
Episodes 6-9 of Canada: A People's Historyare available in English and French, VHS and DVD formats.
Episode 6: "The Pathfinders" (1670 - 1850)
From the push to open the Canadian West to the 1837 Rebellions, and from the precarious beginnings of Confederation and the Red River Rebellion, these episodes continue the epic adventure that is Canada's history.
Episode 7: "Rebellion & Reform" (1815 - 1850)
Episode 8: "The Great Enterprise" (1850 - 1867)
Episode 9: "From Sea to Sea" (1867 - 1873)
Episodes 10-13 of Canada: A People's History are available in English and French, VHS and DVD formats.
Episode 10: "Taking the West" (1873 - 1896)
Series 3 takes us through the hardships and achievements of the early days of the Dominion: the North-West Rebellion and the trial of Louis Riel, the building of the railway, massive immigration and the settling of the West. Canadians take their place on the world stage during the Great War, but the nation is soon crippled by a depression that will ends only when another terrible war engulfs Britain and its allies.
Episode 11: "The Great Transformation" (1896 - 1915)
Episode 12: "Ordeal by Fire" (1915 - 1929)
Episode 13: "Hard Times" (1929 - 1940)
BONUS: Series 3 includes a bonus audio CD of the Gemini Award Winning original soundtrack from the series, composed by Claude Desjardins and Eric Robertson.
Episodes 14-17 of Canada: A People's History are available in English and French, VHS and DVD formats.
Our country's story continues in this final installment of videos. Canada comes of age amidst the anguish of World War II and the post-war baby boom that leads to unprecedented growth and prosperity. By the 1960s, Canada has its own flag and is host to Expo '67, but the times are changing with widespread political, social and cultural ferment. Some of Canada's most exciting - and difficult - challenges are explored, including Newfoundland's decision to join Confederation, the birth of Medicare, the 1970 FLQ crisis, and the clash of ideology and strong personalities in the ongoing constitutional debate. The final episode explores the emerging issues of recent times, such as aboriginal treaty negotiations, the environmental movement, and the wide-ranging impact of the computer revolution. The series concludes with a poignant reflection on the country's historical experience and the currents that Canada will have to navigate in the 21st century.
Episode 14: "The Crucible" (1940-1946)
Episode 15: "Comfort and Fear" (1946-1964)
Episode 16: "Years of Hope and Anger" (1964-1976)
Episode 17: "In an Uncertain World 1976-1990" (Series Finale)