was a multilingual, nation-wide contest inviting Canadians to express what Canada means to them in a 30-second video. Here’s My Canada was a project of Historica Canada and was a Canada 150 Signature Initiative. Here’s My Canada was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Bank of Montreal.
ExploreSesqui was a program that invited educators and students to engage with Horizon, a 360° film produced by SESQUI Inc. The film takes viewers on a cross-country adventure, exploring Canada’s stunning natural environment and highlighting Canadians from all walks of life.
Passages Canada was a program that invited newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. More than 1,000 volunteers participated in this storytelling program that nurtured cross-cultural dialogue and strengthened our appreciation for one another in an open spirit that is genuinely Canadian.
The Memory Project Archive was a project that chronicled Canada’s participation in the military arena, from the First World War to the modern era. The national bilingual archive is an unprecedented collection of oral interviews, and digitized artefacts and memorabilia that tells the stories of service and sacrifice of Canadians, as recalled by those who lived through them. The archive was an opportunity for veterans, students, educators and all Canadians to view hundreds of personal artefacts of Canadian servicemen and women from across the country.
Through the Sir John A. Day project, Historica Canada strives to raise awareness about the life and legacy of Sir John. A Macdonald, a Father of Confederation and Canada’s first prime minister. In 2001, the Canadian Government officially declared January 11 to be Sir John A. Macdonald Day, and in 2015 the nation will celebrate his 200th birthday! In 2015 Historica Canada launched The Make Your Own Heritage Minute: Stories of Sir John A. and the Fathers of Confederation project.
With the arrival of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Canada commemorates a conflict that set it on the slow path toward nationhood, and that represents its last direct invasion by a foreign military. To bring this essential era in pre-Confederation history alive for students, Historica Canada created a suite of four free education guides, War of 1812 Education Guide, Borders and Boundaries, Aboriginal Peoples, War of 1812: Inquiry Guide, and two Heritage Minute learning tools, Richard Pierpoint, and the Battle of Queenston Heights. During the bicentennial, the program also was the host of two national, bilingual competitions: Make Your own Heritage Minute and the War of 1812 Writing and Arts Challenge.
Toronto in Time is a free mobile app for iOS and Android that highlights the history of Toronto through "then and now" photos, slideshows, trails, and historical stories for more than 150 sites!
Through Toronto in Time, discover the story of the club that hosted the Rolling Stones, U2, and Marilyn Monroe; explore where soldiers of the War of 1812 lie buried; stand on the site of a 17th century First Nations village, and much more. Meet a cast of characters that includes inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, artists, visionaries and dreamers who paint the rich portrait of Toronto's history.
Toronto in Time is a partnership of Historica Canada, Museum Services of the City of Toronto, and Heritage Toronto. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Historica Canada developed an educational guide to enhance students' knowledge and appreciation of the Black Canadian experience, drawing from Lawrence Hill's award-winning historical fiction, The Book of Negroes, the remarkable journey of Aminata Diallo and the historic British document known as the "Book of Negroes." Structured around themes of journey, slavery, human rights, passage to Canada and contemporary culture, this Guide asks students to examine issues of identity, equality, community, and nation-building in both a historical and contemporary context. Find the guide here.
Join the Diamond Jubilee celebrations as Canada marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign!
This site is designed to help you explore Canada’s constitutional monarchy and the role the Queen plays in Canada’s history, identity and culture. Check out our Education Guide, Timeline, Essay Contest and Street Party Contest for exciting learning opportunities to explore on your own or with your class!
Historica Canada’s Asia/Canada project features a number of articles including profiles of many Asian cultures in Canada, changing attitudes toward multiculturalism in Canada and biographies of notable Asian Canadians, as well as a timeline of key events and a classroom quiz. The content can now be found on The Canadian Encyclopedia.
In the spring of 2008, the Dominion Institute (now Historica Canada) commissioned Ipsos Reid to undertake a major national survey to uncover what Canadians believe are our most defining cultural touchstones. Over 3,000 Canadians as well as educators and Order of Canada recipients from coast to coast to coast participated. The result was a ranked list of 101 people, places, symbols, events and innovations that respondents believe define our country.