Two new episodes of Canada: A People’s History, 1991-2015, narrated by Maggie Huculak, and based on CBC's original series braodcast in 2000. The country undergoes seismic change: old values are challenged and Canada charts a different future. It’s New Times New Ways. To tell these stories, the documentary uses an intricate blend of live and archival footage, with audio interviews, personal photos and archives from the characters. Canada: A People’s History, embarks us again on a poignant and extraordinary journey through the personal stories of its people.
Part 1 covers events from the last decade of the 20th Century. Gays and lesbians achieve equality; Indigenous people seek redress over past abuse; the country once again stands on the brink of breakup; Cirque du Soleil conquers the world; a way of life ends in Newfoundland; the Blackberry gives birth to Canada’s own Silicon Valley; Canada’s peacekeeping role suffers a near-fatal blow; and the 9/11 attack makes a small-town in Newfoundland heroic.
Part 2 starts as 9/11 shakes the world. Canada fights terrorism in Afghanistan and pays a heavy price; the Muslim community is under suspicion and makes innocent victims; Indigenous women are Idle No More; Canadian athletes own the podium at the Olympics in Vancouver; security goes rogue when the G20 meet in Toronto; the Earth’s climate is in jeopardy; and a Canadian astronaut sees its frailty.