How would you tell the story of Canada? Would you use a timeline? How else?


  1. AE says:

    I’d start the timeline LONG before 1600s for starters. The current timeline erases First Nations history except in context of Europeans. Nice way to enforce the “terra nullus” myth.

  2. Emma Humphrey says:

    I think it is highly important to include our Aboriginal peoples history in the construction of our National History. The beginning point of this query (“What is the Canadian Story?”) effectively starts in 1600, with the first event involving the founding of Quebec by Champlain. This effectively erases the presence and impact of our natives peoples in this land prior to colonization by Europeans. It is of the highest importance that archaeology, both historic and prehistoric, remains integral

  3. Monica says:

    I would tell the story of how first nations people populated this great nation, and how they grew, expanded, and developed culture, agriculture, and different societies.

  4. Sarah says:

    Iā€™d tell the story of Canada through the lens of the environment or agriculture. Our land has provided so much for so long, I think if we were to explore what used to grow here, who cultivated what, how this has changed over the centuries, how our food patterns have changed ā€“ I think this makes for a very interesting take on one Canadian story at least.

  5. Paul says:

    Tough question. There are so many stories that make up the greater Canadian story. I think to do it justice, there need to be many voices that are featured so that people get a sense of the breadth of experiences out there.

  6. Jack says:

    I would tell the story of Canada through themes or categories (for example, conflicts, sports, discoveries etc.)

We travelled across Canada with stops in the cities listed below. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas with us during our kiosk activities and our roundtable discussions.

Province City Date Venue
British Columbia Vancouver November 9 Vancouver Public Library
British Columbia Vancouver November 10 Vancouver Flea Market
Newfoundland St. John's November 20 Memorial University of Newfoundland
Newfoundland St. John's November 20 Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents
Nova Scotia Halifax November 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Nova Scotia Halifax November 22 Halifax Stanfield International Airport
New Brunswick Fredericton November 23 Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook Hotel
Alberta Edmonton December 4 Prince of Wales Armouries
Alberta Edmonton December 5 University of Alberta
Ontario Toronto December 11 Toronto Reference Library
Ontario Toronto December 12 Centennial College
Saskatchewan Saskatoon January 15 Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Saskatoon January 16 The Mall at Lawson Heights
Quebec Montréal January 24 Promenades Cathédrale
Quebec Montréal January 24 Salon Cartier 1, Centre Mont-Royal
Quebec Gatineau January 31 Canadian Museum of Civilization