Canada: A People’s History

In two new episodes of Canada: A People’s History, 1991-2015, narrated by Maggie Huculak, the country undergoes a seismic change. Old values are challenged and Canada charts a different future. It’s New Times New Ways.

Canada: A People’s History, 1991-2001, New Times New Ways, Part 1 covers events from the last decade of the 20th Century. Gays and lesbians achieve equality; Indigenous people seek redress over past abuse; the country once again stands on the brink of breakup; Cirque du Soleil conquers the world; a way of life ends in Newfoundland; the Blackberry gives birth to Canada’s own Silicon Valley; Canada’s peacekeeping role suffers a near-fatal blow; and the 9/11 attack makes a small-town in Newfoundland heroic.

Canada: A People’s History, 2001-2015, New Times New Ways, Part 2 starts as 9/11 shakes the world. Canada fights terrorism in Afghanistan and pays a heavy price; the Muslim community is under suspicion and makes innocent victims; Indigenous women are Idle No More; Canadian athletes own the podium at the Olympics in Vancouver; security goes rogue when the G20 meet in Toronto; the Earth’s climate is in jeopardy; and a Canadian astronaut sees its frailty.

To tell these stories, the documentary uses an intricate blend of live and archival footage, with audio interviews, personal photos, and archives from the characters. Canada: A People’s History, embarks us again on a poignant and extraordinary journey through the personal stories of its people. In addition to the testimonies of participants, many top experts were consulted including historians and academics Paul Chastko, Walter Dorn, Nahanni Fontaine, Julius Grey, Antonia Maioni, Desmond Morton, Niigaan Sinclair and René Vézina. Executive produced by Arnie Gelbart and produced by Natalie Dubois of Montreal-based Galafilm Productions, with Mark Starowicz (Canada: A People’s History) serving as consultant.

Part 1 Thursday, June 15, at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT)
Part 2 Thursday, June 22, at 8:00 PM (8:30 NT)

Canada: A People’s History on iTunes

CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to present this first look at its special line-up of Canada 150 programs. The public broadcaster will be at the heart of Canada’s 150th anniversary year, sharing Canadian stories to understand the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future, including the perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, whose history extends far beyond these past 150 years. This multiplatform programming offer will take all Canadians on a journey to somewhere they have never been before, while helping them discover a vision of Canada’s future together.

This CBC/Radio-Canada 2017 Programming Guide outlines our extensive Canada 150 programming offer: documentaries, radio programs, kids’ programs, entertainment and arts specials, innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives, and ongoing news and current affairs coverage of the people, places and events in every region of the country that will shape this milestone year.

Stay tuned for more programming announcements, and broadcast dates and times.