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


  1. Ideas says:

    very good publish, i definitely love this website, keep on it

  2. Jenika says:

    What I’ve seen so far represents a very Eurocentric view of the place we now call Canada. Lets begin to do justice to the First Nations by showing the great civilations before the colonization and the effects of the reserve system and residential schools.

  3. Diane says:

    As noted by many others, I’d like to see more about our indigenous peoples, the physical, mental and social effects of colonization on their societies. Similarly, our social history should be highlighted, rather than just having a time line of “important” events. How did the enmity between French and English develop and what effect did it and does it have on our various provinces and national outlook? How have families been affected by various wars, epidemics, waves of immigration, etc.?

  4. Matt and Jacob says:

    We really like how this timeline begins before confederation and even before the first Europeans arrived in Canada.

  5. Omar Murray says:

    The establishment of the North West Mounted Police. This was a major factor in settling the West in a peaceful manner.

  6. Catherine says:

    While I’m pleased to see that this timeline no longer starts at 1608, you’ve done nothing to really correct the problem. Clearly, the only story of Canada that this museum wishes to tell is through colonization.Thanks for throwing us a bone, but there is a great deal more to be included between 10500B.C. and 1000A.D that is vital to the story of this nation.

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  8. Ian says:

    The problem with a timeline is that it will be, with the best will in the world, about events not stories. The event is the opening of the Seaway. The story is (or could be) about post war Canadian Nationalism or optimism. The timeline masks how a historical perspective as driven the selection process

  9. Lynzii Taibossigai says:

    Can you include Indigenous Creation stories, those tell us of how Turtle Island (North America) were made. Respectively, their are many creation stories across Canada, as our Indigenous peoples are so diverse, but an Elder once told me that all Creation stories are true.

  10. philip greene says:

    I’d love to hear from those people who didn’t and don’t want to be part of Canada and how the Nation responds to people who see themselves as seperate.

  11. Jim Rose says:

    I would like to see First Nations languages cultures be much more included, I would like to see them given a place of prominence throughout all time periods. First Nations languages must be included as well, not as relics – public valorization of these modern troves of knowledge must be made.

  12. Dionicio Barrales Leal says:

    I would like to see has much as possible of First Nations Peoples history. As well as the actual living history and demands to better up the social, political and economic conditions of all them.

  13. Kristine Fedyniak says:

    The history of Canada began when people first came to North America about 12,000 years ago. The 11,000 years of history prior to European arrival must be included in any history of Canada.

  14. Sonja McKay says:

    I recommend weaving in a telling of the history of the First Nations as a significant component of our national history. From pre-contact to present times.

  15. Jessica Helps says:

    I think a timeline can be an effective teaching tool, but it also accompanies great risk of telling a single story. This story is the archetypal one of colonization and the birth of nation as positive, when in fact they are complicated and resistance to imperial powers are the stories which need more light. This country has a very nuanced history, and this timeline only represents only one (very narrow) interpretation

  16. Tony Michel says:

    Just threw a few events up there, which is more of a sample than anything exhaustive, and intentionally trying to avoid duplication … but I will assume that there will be links and connections to the excellent exhibits already available in the museum of civilization, including the great material in the first nations hall and the Canada Hall.

  17. Laura-Lee says:

    I am adding my voice to those who are appalled or at least confused at the notion that Canada’s history begins at 1600. To ignore or minimize Aboriginal experiences would be a travesty. Do NOT whitewash (literally, in this case) Canada’s history any further!

  18. Sylvain says:

    I’m flummoxed that the timeline starts at 1600. I would assume that most history books start with the first people to land and settle new lands, which would mean the timeline going back to – what? – the mid-1450s or so? Wow.

  19. David Knowles says:

    I’d like to see more on BC and it’s entry into Confederation. There should also be some emphasis on the initial exploration of the Pacific Northwest by the Spanish. So many names here are of Spanish origin etc like Quadra, Texada, Gabriola, San Juan and Juan de Fuca. A lot of Canadians are not even aware of this.

  20. Leah says:

    It is absolutely shameful and disgraceful that the timeline for Canadian history starts at 1600. Whoever contributed to this decision should be ashamed. I hope that this is rectified as soon as possible. This is a perfect example of repeating mistakes of the past – having a history that is Eurocentric and ultimately racist. Please learn from the past and correct this terrible timeline.

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