Over 12 weeks, The Canadian Press published a series of multimedia packages to mark 150 years since Confederation. Crafted by a team of some of CP’s best writers, photographers and designers, these instalments focus on turning points in Canadian history and their greater impact on the country’s identity. The packages are fully responsive and work on all platforms, including desktop, tablet and mobile.
Canada’s national news agency, The Canadian Press, is pleased to partner with Toronto Star Classroom Connection on this Canada 150 project.
how to use this resource:
There are 12 topics covered in this series. Choose the topic(s) you would like to use in your class. Have students review the multi-media content at classroomconnection.ca/150.
A teacher guide, with additional discussion and research points for each topic, is provided below.
Tracing the roots of Canada’s love for hockeyBeginning with Paul Henderson’s iconic goal in the 1972 Summit Series, a rapid-fire look at the history of Canada’s beloved game.
Inventions & innovation
Canadian inventors have changed the world
From the BlackBerry to the chocolate bar, from the Canadarm and the Caesar, products created by Canadians have changed the world.
CANADA’S HISTORY WITH THE OILSANDS
How oilsands changed Alberta and Canada forever
The oilsands industry is uniquely Canadian -- one that has fuelled both economic progress and environmental outrage.
ON THE ROAD
‘Ribbon of Asphalt’ binds us all
“The Wawa Four” set out in 1951 on a 17-day walk to the Soo. At their destination, they were feted as heroes and extracted promises to complete the Trans-Canada highway.
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
Our game-changing war at sea
How the Royal Canadian Navy’s enormous expansion during the Second World War turned a tiny flotilla into a 400-ship juggernaut.
Charter of Rights tops list of Canadian icons
The charter. Sunday shopping. Same-sex marriage. Medical assistance in dying. No legal restrictions on abortion. Those are just some of the momentous changes Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has wrought since it was entrenched in the newly patriated Constitution on a rainy April day 35 years ago during a black-tie signing ceremony.
Conscription crisis and quebec nationalism
The legacy of the conscription crisis of WW1
The decision to begin a draft split the country deeply on linguistic lines: almost every francophone MP rejected it while nearly every anglophone MP supported it.
The story of Canada’s first women’s shelter
How a Toronto women's shelter had to fight for everything they gained and laid the groundwork for the problem of domestic violence to be brought to light.
The decline of East Coast affluence
Many Maritimers will pointedly trace the region's economic decline to a specific day: July 1, 1867. That day was the beginning of the end of the "Golden Age" for three wealthy, self-governing East Coast trading powerhouses whose sailing ships ruled the seas.
CANADA AS A HOTBED FOR HUMOUR
SCTV was ‘Lightning in a bottle’ for Canadian comedy
A look at how “SCTV” helped Canada secured an international reputation as a fertile breeding ground for funnymen and women.
A BITTER LEGACY
Many indigenous people see little reason to celebrate
With the legacy of residential schools and modern-day marginalization, many indigenous people wonder if the Canada’s 150th birthday is worth celebrating at all.
Canada's identity has been shaped by its people, from its original Indigenous inhabitants, to its earliest settlers, to the immigrants who have arrived from all over the planet — now representing more than 250 ethnic origins, from Afghan to Zulu — to build a new life in Canada. They brought elements of their cultures with them, through their food, their dress, their prayers and language, contributing to the identity of Canada as it evolved into the diverse society it is today. It is a story that, by virtue of our history and geography, is uniquely Canadian. It is a story that allows the four children of Sen. Paul Yuzyk and his wife, Mary, to celebrate their Ukrainian heritage and yet be proudly, unquestionably Canadian. It was not always written that way.