The Canadian History Series: 1400-2000 chronicles Canadian history from the days of early explorers and the fur trade to the First World War, the Second World War and all the way to the turn of the New Millennium in 2000. Each 30 minute episode is designed to give high school/junior high school students and public library patrons a visual primer on the forces and events that have shaped the modern Canadian nation. The programs are currently in use in more than 3,400 schools across Canada.
The documentary-style programs, available in English and French, weave together extensively researched and tightly composed scripts and archival footage contemporary to the time period. They are chronologically structured and trace the significant events and trends that forged a distinct period in Canadian history. The major themes of Canadian history - Canadian-American relations, Canada and the world, Canadian politics, economic and technological change, French-English relations, Indigenous People's affairs and social-cultural change have been carefully blended into the chronology.
High school and intermediate school teachers will find these videos and the associated Teacher's Guides blend with the units of study mandated in all of Canada's provinces and territories
To produce video programs and interactive learning experiences in English and French for schools designed to mesh with mandated Canadian history curricula in all of Canada’s provinces and territories. Special consideration is to be given to the elimination of significant gaps in the availability of key visual resources needed by Canadian social studies teachers.
The Canadian History Series: 1400-2000 was funded in part by the Government of Canada and produced with the participation of various departments and agencies including Canadian Heritage, the Canadian War Museum and the Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence. Recognized historians, noted educators, and award-winning broadcast professionals contributed to their development. The video programs were also created in partnership with the following teachers’ organizations and provincial Departments of Education:
- Social Studies Council of the Alberta Teacher's Association
- British Columbia Social Studies Teachers' Association
- Manitoba Social Sciences Teachers’ Association
- New Brunswick Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
- Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
- Nova Scotia Social Studies Teachers’ Association
- Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers’ Association
- Prince Edward Island Social Studies Teachers’ Association
- Quebec: Lester B. Pearson School Board
- Social Studies Saskatchewan