The Non-Teaching of Canadian History in Schools and Universities

(The Father of Canada and Confederation)

Long gone are the survey courses in both of my youth. With the usurpation by politically-correct topics, kids no longer know, study, or encounter:

Frederick Banting

Alexander Graham Bell

Billy Bishop

the Bluenose

Robert Borden


General Brock

the amazing Building of the first transcontinental railway (CPR)

John Cabot

Guy Carleton

Jacques Cartier

Samuel de Champlain

Company of New France



Constitutional Act

Coureurs de Bois



Adam Dollard at Long Sault

the Donnellys

Tommy Douglas

Durham Report

Lief Ericson

Evacuation of Japanese Canadians

Expo 67

First World War

FLQ Crisis

Fort Louisbourg

Terry Fox

Fur trade

Alexander Galt

Wayne Gretzky

Group of Seven

Chris Hadfield

Halifax Explosion

Gordie Howe

Joseph Howe

Henry Hudson

Hudson’s Bay Company

Imperial Conference


Henry Kelsey

William Lyon Mackenzie King

Klondike Gold Rush

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

La Verendrye

League of Nations

Literature, Canadian


John A. MacDonald

Thomas D’Arcy McGee

Alexander Mackenzie

Jeanne Mance


Military, Canadian history


French-Canadian Nationalism

New France



North West Company

North-west Passage

North West Rebellion

Painting, Canadian

L.B. Pearson

Plains of Abraham

Port Royal

Quebec Act

Queenston Heights


Red River Colony

Red River Rebellion

Regina Tornado

Louis Riel

St. Lawrence Seaway

Second World War

Seigneurial system

Seven Oaks Massacre

Seven Years War

Joey Smallwood

David Suzuki

Ken Taylor


David Thompson

Treaty of Paris

Pierre Trudeau

Sir Charles Tupper

Union Nationale

George Vancouver

William Van Horne


War of 1812

Winnipeg Strike


How well do new Canadians and Canadians under 40 know the history of our country? How well do they know, understand, and appreciate the broader, big-picture sweep of our country’s culture and its most famous and important people and events? Many have little or no sense of pre-2010 Canadian history back to the Viking visits in Newfoundland in 1000 AD. *That’s 10 centuries of ignorance, basically. A major cultural vacuum.* It’s interesting, with all the new incoming First Nations curriculum, how little attention is now being paid to the rest of Canada’s history as fostered and generated mainly by the English, the French, the Scots, and European immigrants before 1950 in six of those 10 centuries. Canadian history today–who needs it?


Further: The past is now more forgotten and slighted than ever these daze. The ironic result of this is that few people under 50 and most newcomers to Canada have little or knowledge of this country’s history and the process which led us all here to now. No context and no large significant frame of reference for viewing things. This is yet another reason why politically correct types have run amok with zero perspective, context, understanding, and appreciation of the past. The sort of recklessness, nastiness, and vandalism, for instance, that has resulted with historical statues and monuments being vandalized or removed is often blind and cases of reverse discrimination (something seldom discussed when political correctness is being cited or played as an unconvincing  trump card).

The basic textbook of Canadian history that generations of Canadian elementary students of the past learned from in the twentieth century. It had a run from 1928 into to past 1960. I studied it in grade 5 (1959-60) and many of the names and events listed above were encountered for the first time then. It was a romantic take on Canadian history told in narrative form, but it was fact-based nonfiction. If you or someone else who knows little or nothing about Canadian history wants a quick easy reader, then you will find copies of this book sold on ABEbooks and

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