Canadian History, Identity and Culture: CHI4U (Grade 12, University Preparation)

Semester 2
Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English or social sciences and the humanities.
Credit Value

This course examines the evolution of a Canadian national identity. Students will learn how modern Canada was shaped by the interaction among Aboriginal peoples, the French, the English, and subsequent immigrant groups. This course will enable students to evaluate major social, economic, and political changes in Canadian history from pre-contact to the present. The understanding students gain through their examination of Canada’s historical and cultural roots will allow them to formulate a definition of what it means to be Canadian.

This course is comprised of four units, each of which has six to eleven activities (lessons and assignments). All units represent term work, except for the final activities of units 3 and 4, which represents the course culminating activity. The theme of social justice encourages the assessment of Canadians as a socially just people. The universal respect for human rights includes the respect for individual rights, Aboriginal People’s rights, worker’s rights, women’s rights, and cultural group rights. It also recognizes that mistakes will be made along the way, but that the virtue of forgiveness is also part of that journey. This course presents students with the development of the Canadian identity from its formative phases to the present day. Students recognise that there are certain Gospel values such as social justice that transcend history and are still relevant in contemporary Canadian society.

Units and Activities

Unit 1: Early Beginnings: Prehistory to Colonization

  1. Activity 1: The Historian’s Task
  2. Activity 2: Canada’s First Peoples
  3. Activity 3: First Contact and Footholds
  4. Activity 4: Champlain and New France
  5. Activity 5: “Soldiers of Christ”: The Jesuit Experience
  6. Activity 6: New France Takes Root

Unit 2: The Dominion is Born 1690-1867

  1. Activity 1: Empires Conflict and Compromise: 1690-1756
  2. Activity 2: Acadia and the Great Upheaval
  3. Activity 3: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham
  4. Activity 4: Conquest and Consequences
  5. Activity 5: The American Revolution: A Test of Loyalties
  6. Activity 6: The United Empire Loyalists
  7. Activity 7: Checkpoint: “Two Founding Nations”
  8. Activity 8: Cause and Effect: The War of 1812
  9. Activity 9: Reform or Revolt
  10. Activity 10: An Immigration Story
  11. Activity 11: The Road to Confederation

Unit 3: From Dominion to Nation 1867-1918

  1. Activity 1: “From Sea to Sea”
  2. Activity 2: Testing the Bonds of Dominion
  3. Activity 3: The National Policy
  4. Activity 4: The Schools Question: Then and Now
  5. Activity 5: Industrialism Comes to the Dominion
  6. Activity 6: 20th Century Immigration: “Pride and Prejudice”
  7. Activity 7: A Canadian Identity: “The Fork in the Road”
  8. Activity 8: Canada at War
  9. Activity 9: War on the Home Front
  10. Activity 10: Symbols of a Nation
  11. Activity 11: Course Culminating Activity Essay Outline

Unit 4: The 20th Century: A Nation Emerges

  1. Activity 1: The Road Ahead
  2. Activity 2: Readjustment and Reform
  3. Activity 3: The Great Depression
  4. Activity 4: Canada and World War II
  5. Activity 5: Canadians in Action
  6. Activity 6: The Homefront Responds
  7. Activity 7: 1945 – 1975: Canada as a Middle Power
  8. Activity 8: The Issues of Our Time
  9. Activity 9: Pre-requisites for a Great Civilization
  10. Activity 10: Course Culminating Activity The Research Essay