Canada in Focus

Canada in Focus is a five-part video series that seeks to explain the historical context of current Canadian topics and issues by tracing a current topic back through history, highlighting key events and turning points.

Produced by Canada’s History

Posted August 9, 2022

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History provides a much-needed context for understanding current topics and conversations in today’s society. It helps us understand notions of change, impact, and progress and provides us with tools for interpreting the world around us. In an era of misinformation and increasing divisiveness, history is needed more than ever for encouraging deep thinking and respectful dialogue.

Canada in Focus is a five-part video series that seeks to explain the historical context of current Canadian topics and issues by tracing a current topic back through history, highlighting key events and turning points.

Each video is accompanied by related support material, including teachers’ manuals and strategies, so viewers can engage with the content more deeply.

Episode 1: War & Peace

Is Canada really a “nation of peacekeepers?”

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Episode 2: Making It Count

The generations-long struggle for voting equality in Canada.

Episode 3: Free Health Care?

Who pays for Canada’s health-care system? And, how did it come to be?

Episode 4: A Promise to Share

Were Canada’s Treaties based on a major misunderstanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples?

Episode 5: Words’ Worth

Canada may be officially bilingual — but in reality, it’s a land of many languages.

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