Activity: Seeing Stars
SHEET 8: WHAT MAKES A GREAT CANADIAN?
The Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) chose 25 "personalities" to include in its newest permanent exhibition, Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall. Choosing which Canadians to include was difficult, so the CMC had to introduce selection criteria.
Selecting Canadians for Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall
- The individual had to have been dead for at least five years, so that his or her lasting impact could be more accurately assessed.
- The individual had to have made a significant and lasting contribution to Canada or Canadians.
- There had to be artifacts relating to them.
- There had to be a critical mass of documented information about them.
Using the personalities section as a resource, fill in the information for all of the names below, using the first example as a guide.
Brother André - man of the people, servant of God, 1845-1937. Founded Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal: one of the world's great Catholic sanctuaries.
Joseph and Mary Brant
Samuel de Champlain
James B. Harkin
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless
Herman Smith "Jackrabbit" Johannsen
John A. Macdonald
Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm and James Wolfe
Jules R. Timmins
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Do you agree with the CMC’s selection criteria? If not, what criteria would you have used instead?
Compare these Canadians to the list finalized during the CBC's "Greatest Canadian" contest (www.cbc.ca/greatest/top_ten). Are there similarities? What are the differences?
Why do you think these differences occurred?