Abbie H.

Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Regina Regional Heritage Fair

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

My project describes the importance of the CBC in telling the stories of the Canadian people. It broadcasts to give Canadians a sense of common Canadian identity. If Canada did not have the CBC our national identity would not be the same.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about the CBC is that it does not just broadcast in one language. It broadcasts in English, French and native languages. It also does closed captioning for the deaf.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Unlike other broadcasters, the CBC's main priority is not about making huge profits. Its mandate is to be distinctively Canadian and reflect the multicultural nature of Canada. They work to ensure Canadians are informed about news and events taking place from coast to coast and around the world.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When the CBC was first created, broadcasts were only on the radio and they eventually branched into television broadcasting. Today, I can still get the news on the radio and television but also online, on my smartphone, and through social media (Twitter, Facebook). News is much more timely than it was in 1936 when the CBC first began. What has not changed is their mandate to share Canadian content and build the Canadian identity.