What is this Project?

Inspired by a generous grant from Heritage Canada and the support of additional sponsors, the Canadian History of Social Change is a multimedia project documenting 10 social change movements in Canadian history (with a particular focus on the 20th century) that have impacted how we live today. Using an historical lens, we’ll explore movements like Cooperatives, Medicare, Marriage Equality, Suffrage, Environment, Immigration, Indigenous Self-Governance and Social Economy.

Along the way, we’ll be asking some very important questions, such as: How did this movement come about? Who are its key players? What were their challenges, their struggles, their successes? Where are they now? The answers and stories may surprise you, offering a fresh perspective on the country you call home.

Our Mission: To provide compelling, entertaining and insightful storytelling on important issues that help define Canada’s heritage, its current social climate and its future aspirations.

Our Vision: For every Canadian to have a better understanding of their rights, responsibilities and the social conditions under which they live.

Why Explore Social Change Movements?

We strongly believe that a country is largely defined by the rights, freedoms and social circumstances of the people living within its borders. It’s defined as much by the achievements as the struggles, by the dark times as by the light, and by the activists who fought for change as much as the naysayers who opposed it. Our goal is to offer a valuable overview of the diversity of issues, people and social causes that define our country.

Social change is not an easy process. It takes effort, stubbornness and the ability to persevere in spite of all obstacles and opposition. Once achieved, social change and any newfound rights and freedoms should never be taken for granted, yet they often are. When that happens, we not only lose our sense of who we are, we lose sight of how we got here, which makes looking forward that much more challenging. After all, to achieve the social change we still aspire to today, it’s important to know where we’ve been.

By providing an in-depth exploration of the changemakers who fought to bring about change and the movements that illuminate our rich, multidimensional tapestry we hope we can offer an important look at who we are and the values we hold close to our Canadian hearts.