At Historica Canada, we recognize that the stories we tell matter – and the way that we tell them matters. Across the world, as well as within Canada, we see the impacts of historical injustice and the evolving discourse about systemic racism faced by Black, Indigenous and racialized communities. We are committed to helping to build a better Canada that amplifies missing voices; that recognizes multiple perspectives; that celebrates our achievements and acknowledges our failings. We know that we have a responsibility to do better, to listen more carefully, and to act more deliberately.

We are committed to exploring ways to put our words into action, starting with:

  • Engagement with community-based experts to contribute to The Canadian Encyclopedia
  • Increasing our commitment to oral history, as an opportunity share the stories of silenced and marginalized peoples and communities in Canada
  • A commitment to production teams that are representative of the stories that we are trying to tell – on Minutes and on other videos through the creation of a diversity rider to ensure equity.
  • An expansion on our commitment to community-based partnerships with pedagogical and historical experts to guide us in the creation of our program materials

We aim to create programs that appeal to all Canadians, although some specifically focus on youth. Our best-known offerings include the Heritage Minutes,a collection of more than 90 dramatized vignettes that recreate events of importance, accomplishment and bravery in our country’s history. The Canadian Encyclopedia, a free online resource, reached more than 12 million unique visitors over the past year. It offers the largest collection of authored, accurate and continuously updated articles focused on Canada and Canadiana. Every year, Encounters brings more than 3,000 students to Ottawa for themed weeks focused on specific study topics. Our other programs include The Memory Project, through which veterans share their experiences online and in classrooms and community groups; and The Citizenship Challenge, in which young Canadians answer the same questions as real-life applicants for citizenship. As well, Historica Canada regularly conducts public opinion polls and solicits feedback on a variety of issues of national interest.

We welcome comments, suggestions and questions. Send email to info@historicacanada.ca. You can follow our activities on Facebook and Twitter. You can make a financial donation via the DONATE button at the top of this page. Whatever the form of your comment or contribution, we appreciate your interest, and we thank you.

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