Canada: A Peoples History is an excellent series produced by the CBC in 2000.

You can buy the series direct from the CBC (though they are not clear on how much it will cost you or how to order it) or order it from in which case you will have to order each of the 4 sets individually.

You can also find the series on You Tube, but the full 17 episodes that were once available all together as a series of all 17 episodes on You Tube have been pulled down by CBC. The link above in this para will take you to the first 4 episodes but then you will have to hunt the rest down. They are there so with patience you can find them all.

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. and OMNI. 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.




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