Canada: A People's History
|Canada: A People's History|
DVD release of series 1
|Narrated by||Maggie Huculak|
|Theme music composer||Claude Desjardins and Eric Robertson|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Original language(s)||English, French (original); later dubbed to multiple foreign languages|
|No. of episodes||17|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark Starowicz|
|Running time||120 min/60 min|
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)|
Canada: A People's History is a 17-episode, 32-hour documentary television series on the history of Canada. It first aired on CBC Television from October 2000 to November 2001. The production was an unusually large project for the national network, especially during budget cutbacks. The unexpected success of the series actually led to increased government funding for the CBC. It was also an unusual collaboration with the French arm of the network, which traditionally had autonomous production. The full run of the episodes was produced in English and French. The series title in French was Le Canada: Une histoire populaire. In 2004, OMNI.1 and OMNI.2 began airing multicultural versions, in Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.
The producers intended to make this a dramatic history of the Canadian people; as much as possible, the story was told through the words of the people involved, from great leaders and explorers to everyday people of the land at the time. The documentary makes effective use of visuals, transitions, and dramatic music from or evocative of the eras being covered. In the first season, actors representing historical figures spoke their words, while later seasons used voiceovers over photographic images and film or, when available, original recordings of the subject.
|1||When the World Began...||15,000 BC–1800 AD|
|2||Adventurers and Mystics||1540–1670|
|3||Claiming the Wilderness||1670–1755|
|4||Battle for a Continent||1754–1775|
|5||A Question of Loyalties||1775–1815|
|7||Rebellion and Reform||1815–1850||
|8||The Great Enterprise||1850–1867|
|9||From Sea to Sea||1867–1873|
|10||Taking the West||1873–1896|
|11||The Great Transformation||1896–1915||
|12||Ordeal by Fire||1915–1929|
|15||Comfort and Fear||1946–1964|
|16||Years of Hope and Anger||1964–1976|
|17||In an Uncertain World||1976–1990|
The production team, christened the Canadian History Project and later renamed the CBC Documentary Unit, is headed by producer Mark Starowicz. They continue to work on CBC documentaries, including the series The Canadian Experience, The Greatest Canadian, and Hockey: A People's History.
- Canada's Story
- Events of National Historic Significance
- Heritage Minutes
- Hinterland Who's Who
- National Historic Sites of Canada
- Persons of National Historic Significance
- The Greatest Canadian
- Karen Simonson, Gerald Friesen (2010). "Canada: A People’s History Index". University of Manitoba. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- Darren Bryant, Penney Clark (2010). "Historical Empathy and 'Canada: A People's History". Retrieved 2012-02-02.
- "Canada: A People's History: Episode Summary". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "CBC"; Don Gillmor; Pierre Turgeon (1 October 2002). Canada: A People's History (Vol-1). McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-3324-7.
- "CBC"; Don Gillmor; Pierre Turgeon; Achille Michaud (1 October 2002). Canada: A People's History (Vol-2). McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 978-0-7710-3336-0.