Would you tell the story of Canada through its personalities? How else would you do it?


  1. M. Diane Rogers says:

    I agree with Jennie – also more people/emphasis on northern Canada (as well as the west). One theme might be the role of families – for e.g. David Thompson and Charlotte Small and Sir James Douglas and Amelia Connolly, then representative families – immigrant families on the prairies, for instance, and perhaps some of the elite, the Molson family and/or Lady Aberdeen and her husband.

  2. jennie stadnichuk says:

    add more First Nations people, ie. women? and in the earliest times when without their assistance the early explorers and so called “discoverers” of Canada would hv perished if not for sharing of survival skills by Native men and women. Who in the long run have lived and died to regret their assistance to the “white” discoverers.

  3. M. Diane Rogers says:

    Less emphasis on personality and more on the organizations and companies developed, built and worked with by many ‘common Canadians’ that have thus influenced our history would allow for a more comprehensive look at Canada and its people – just as a few examples –
    Northwest Company, Hudson’s Bay Company, C.P.R, Federation of Women’s Institutes of Canada, Grain Growers Grain Company Limited, BC Indian Homemakers Association.

  4. Deborah Diduck says:

    I would add Calire Culhave to the list. I read her story “One Woman Army” and was impressed with how she persevered. Her daughter lives in Powell River, BC

  5. Deborah Diduck says:

    I would add Claire Culhane to the list. I read her story “One Woman Army” and was impressed with how she persevered to make the justice system more humane. Her daughter lives in Powell River.

  6. Elly Daniels says:

    Not just through it’s personalities, but through their stories…We need to talk to those making a difference in Canada while they are still living. We need to record their stories and build an oral history of Canada. A copy of each story should be in the museum or the National archives and online for students and all Canadians to access. Every story is important, not just those of prominent Canadians. See StoryCorps, a project of NPR in the U.S.

  7. John R.A. mayer says:

    I like many of the candidates, but urge that Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova (152) be included

  8. John R.A. mayer says:

    I like many of the candidates, but urge to include 152, Dr. Lotta Hitschmanove

  9. Don II says:

    It appears that the proponents of John Guy are using the local Newspaper in Newfoundland to solicit support for John Guy on this site. It appears that the “Likes” for John Guy are inflated by a public appeal in the media. It appears that this process is not fair and those who can use the public media to solicit support will win! Is this acceptable or ethical?

  10. Don II says:

    The supporters of historic persons being voted on here are advised that the promoters of John Guy, the founder of the Cupers Cove Plantation in Newfoundland are apparently using the local Newspaper that serves the Conception Bay North area in Newfoundland to get readers to post a “Like” in support of John Guy on this site! Unless the supporters of other historic figures are prepared to use the public media to promote their historic person it is possible that John Guy will obtain the most votes!

  11. David Rain says:

    Individuals can and do make a difference. Canada would have been a different place, for example, if Lotta Hitschmanova had not sought refuge here as a World War II refugee in 1942. During her marathon cross-country campaigns in the 1940s to the 1980s, Dr Lotta mobilized generations of Canadians to take action and help those in need overseas. Who can forget her TV and radio ads asking people to “give generously to the USC, 56 Sparks Street, Ottawa 4?” She made Canada a more caring society.

  12. Nicole Menard says:

    Yes! What a wonderful idea! Ernie Lyle needs to be added to this list. One of the most straightforward and simple narratives of the north!

  13. Aurora Loiselle says:

    Telling the story of Canada in a Museum of a multicultural society could lead to unexpected challenges and divisiveness if at the top of this project there is no unify “compass” on what is its purpose: telling the story of Canada should educate, inform and lead to unification and strenghth of
    Canadians and not lead towards resentment and divisiveness. That is not to say that there will be themes that will be prohibited. The most difficult themes should lead to harmony, pride of achievement.

  14. Aurora Loiselle says:

    Telling the story of Canada could become a real challenge and source of trouble and divisiveness. Before thinking of telling it, one has to have a unified compass at a higher level than the practical side of it. That is: why do we want to tell the story, to unify or to divide, or to find common grounds of growth and progress or dig in trouble, unless it is to learn from it. Aside from focusing in personalities, we should focus on the struggles and achivements of different communities.

  15. Carmen Louise Dykes says:

    I believe that Canadian-style humour has contributed greatly in shaping and expressing the Canadian personae. The very fact that it has been adopted by so many other countries, would declare it to be a great success story. In the modern age, we have been delighted (and educated) by the likes of Johnny Wayne & Frank Shuster… which have led to many of the new age comics.

  16. Janet Solberg says:

    Through our public institutions. Medicare. CBC/RC. Public universities and public education. Multiculturalism. Just a few suggestions.

  17. Matt s says:

    I believe that Terry Fox single handedly shaped canada.

  18. Ethan says:

    I believe that it should be told through the eyes of the common people.

  19. deborah says:

    I would tell the story through the eyes of our Métis literary champions – through “ourstories” our voices, our prose, our poems, our words, our art, our imagery, our motifs, our pattterns (geographic, soc-economic-political).

  20. Valerie Kaufman says:

    Tell the story from a First Nations, Metis, Inuit perspective – events in history shown in a positive light with the very real contributions that Canada’s first people’s have made & which have not been shared with any significance in the past. Portray Louis Riel as the hero he was to Canadas Metis people etc. 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