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The narration and dialogue alternate between French and English in this video.

[bells ringing]

[clocks ticking]

Audio Description: On Parliament Hill, glowing gears appear over the centennial flame.

Narrator: Canada is the expression of a nation’s vision, its hopes and its spirit under great northern skies.

[Translated from French] Canada embodies the spirit and ideals of a hope-filled people.

Audio Description: Crowds look up at the Centre Block.

[intense music]

Narrator: If we would know something of the future, we have only to look at our past.


Audio Description: A blue laser fires at it.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Our past illuminates our future.

[ticking and whooshing]

[creaking and booming]

Audio Description: The light show is projected onto the Centre Block. White light frames every window and crevice, then fades to black. The year twenty twenty-two appears on the facade. The years go backwards in time to nineteen sixteen. A cyan light spreads down the tower. The tower morphs into a shorter design. Each window rotates, revealing different shapes until the entire building resembles the nineteen sixteen version.

[stones scraping]

Narrator: The first Canadian Parliament stood on this same hill for fifty years.

[Translated from French] A symbol of the dreams and aspirations of an entire nation, the original Parliament buildings burned down.

[flames whooshing, fire crackling]

Audio Description: The windows glow with firelight. Flames creep up the walls of the building.

Man: Take the documents!

Man 2: [Translated from French] The furniture!

Narrator: The fire intensified, fanned to a raging inferno by strong winter winds from the north.

Audio Description: Flames burst outside.

Man 2: [Translated from French] The documents! The paintings!

Narrator: [Translated from French] Fanned by the north winds, the fire raged.

[glass shattering]

Man 2: [Translated from French] The Library!

Man: The Library!

Man 3: Someone, close the fire doors!

Audio Description: A silhouette runs in the fire.

Narrator: One man’s quick thinking saved our early memories.

[Translated from French] With this one simple act, our memories were saved.

Audio Description: The man closes giant double doors. The old tower collapses into shards and crumbles into the darkness.


Audio Description: Smoke billows up from the ruins below. As the dust clears, the Library of Canadian Parliament stands alone.

Narrator: Only the Library survived. But more than smoke rose from the ashes The sparks ascending from the rubble that cold winter night carried the spirit of Canada aloft.

[Translated from French] All around the miraculously spared library, the spirit of Canada rose from the ashes.

[inspiring music]

Audio Description: Title, Northern Lights. Around a statue of Queen Victoria, five books float in the air.

Narrator: The story that will unfold tonight emerges from the pages of these five books.

[Translated from French] These five books will take us on an epic voyage.

Audio Description: The statue fades, and the multi-coloured books collide in the center. They rise in the air, then all of them disappear. A single red book approaches. As it opens, flames burst from the pages, highlighting a title: Foundations of the Nation.

[ethereal singing]

[rhythmic drumming]

Audio Description: The words fade. In the dark, splotches of colour blossom. Golden animated geese fly into the air. Two animated figures standing on a canoe appear below them.

[gentle string music]

[geese honking]

Narrator: Since time immemorial, people from far and near chose to call the true north strong and free “home.”

[geese honking]

Narrator: [Translated from French] With its unrivalled natural beauty and riches, Canada attracted people from the beginning.

Audio Description: In a green field, several tipis are scattered around a large fire.

Narrator: A land of beauty and great wealth in resources and people.

[Translated from French] These riches come from the earth, yes, but above all from the peoples that flourished there.

[ethereal singing]

Audio Description: At night Indigenous people surround a fire. Long houses stand behind them. In a field, men hold cloth that flutters in the wind. Bison charge between them one by one. The animals tumble downwards. Blotches of red glow as they fall into darkness. Mountains glow red as human silhouettes pull ropes, erecting a blue and green totem pole.

[ice creaking]

Narrator: In the far north, the people thrive in all seasons in what seems a vast, hostile land.

Audio Description: An Inuk holds a spear.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Even in the places where the infinite horizon seems so hostile, the peoples of the North thrive.

[waves crashing]

Audio Description: As one hunts fish, a family of four stand outside of an igloo. Over the seas, mist parts revealing a series of European tall ships: a single-sailed Viking boat, followed by 17th century English and French boats. Among tall tree trunks, European wooden structures are built on the land. Large canoes full of rowers travel down the river.

[birds chirping]

Narrator: [Translated from French] Necessity prompted the first encounters: furs, tools and know-how.

Mutual interest and the desire for fur, tools, and knowledge motivated the first exchanges.

Audio Description: Mist covers the river obscuring the boats and rowers. At the water's edge beside a dock, fish hang to dry in the sun.

Narrator: Europeans were drawn by the bounty of the sea.

[Translated from French] The fish and the land attracted the first Europeans, including the Acadians, who made it their own by turning marshland into farmland.

Audio Description: Sixteen-oh-four.

Narrator: French settlers transformed the land they called Acadia.

[Translated from French] But Europe’s political upheavals would soon devastate Acadia.

Turmoil in Europe reached across the Atlantic. Families, whole communities, were uprooted and exiled.

Audio Description: Seventeen fifty-five.

Narrator: Struggle for control gripped North America. Territory held by France was ceded to Britain after the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

Audio Description: Seventeen fifty-nine.

Narrator: [Translated from French] North America erupted. And France ceded its colonies to the British.

[flames whooshing]

Audio Description: Armies shoot at each other. In golden fields, people farm the land.

Narrator: French culture flourished all across Canada.

[Translated from French] The French language and culture thrived. Even the star of Acadia’s spirit continues to shine, resilient, enriching our country. For despite the exile, many returned.

Loyalty and the yearning for freedom fed powerful urges.

[Translated from French] Americans who stayed loyal to the British crown found refuge and freedom here.

Audio Description: Seventeen eighty-three.

Narrator: Those who remained loyal to the British crown after America’s struggle for independence fled north and found a new home.

[inspiring music]

Audio Description: Horse-drawn wagons bring people to the golden fields.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Whether people were from Upper or Lower Canada, the desire to protect our homes was already strong when the Americans began to covet our lands in 1812.

Audio Description: Eighteen twelve.

Narrator: In the War of 1812, English- and French-speaking farmers took up arms alongside British regulars, Black men who had fled north to freedom, and thousands of First Nations warriors.

[Translated from French] Together, the inhabitants of Upper and Lower Canada held off the enemy and protected their borders.

[guns shooting]

Audio Description: In dark fields, among leafless trees, men fight with muskets. Through the smoke, diverse families smile together.

Narrator: Canada has always meant home. It has meant strength, freedom and pride of place under great northern skies.

[Translated from French] Together, people from here and from around the world built Canada.

People from all over the world expand our foundations as our country continues to grow.

[ethereal singing]

[high-pitched shooting from lasers]

Audio Description: Photos show children and adults, from the early twentieth century until now, in a collage of multiculturalism. On Parliament Hill, people watch the projected show. A laser opens a vortex on the Centre Block. The building turns green with glowing, rotating gears. Another laser strikes the building and the facade fades to black. The windows illuminate with blue rotating gears. Pillars erect from the bottom and hold up each floor. Level by level, the Centre Block is constructed. The five books float up in the darkness. The green book comes forward. Its pages open revealing the title: Quest for Democracy.

[clocks ticking]

[fast-paced string music]


[gentle music]

Narrator: The country’s vast resources would certainly create enormous opportunity… for some. A better life for all would require cooperation and democracy.

[Translated from French] Shared goals and a common vision brought us together …

Audio Description: Several men stand around a table.

Narrator: In the early 1800’s, the British crown in London controlled the distribution of power and wealth in British North America. Settlers deprived of the right to vote resented the local cliques of elites.

[Translated from French] Denied their right to vote, settlers challenged the elite and their control of British North America.

Newsie 1: Colonies demand elected assemblies and self-government.

Newsie 2: [Translated from French] London says ‘no’ to responsible government. Patriots take up arms!

Newsie 1: British soldiers crush the rebellion!

Newsie 2: [Translated from French] 1,000 men gather in Toronto to seize control of the government.

Audio Description: Armies emerge.

Newsie 3: Loyalist volunteers drive back the rebels!

Newsie 1: Papineau leads second rebellion in Montréal.

Newsie 2: [Translated from French] Volunteers defeat rebels and burn their homes.

Newsie 3: Three hundred and twenty-five dead! Ninety-nine rebels sentenced to death!

Narrator: The Legislative Assembly attempted to restore peace by offering pardons to former rebels and compensation for damage to homes and farms.

[Translated from French] To restore peace, the governor honoured the principle of responsible government and for the Rebellion Losses Bill. The Loyalists were furious and gathered at Place d’Armes.

Newsie 1: Thousands of loyalists gather at Place d’Armes to protest the Rebellion Losses Bill.

Speaker 1: We must send a petition to the Queen in London!

Speaker 2: The time for petitions is over. It’s time to march on the House of Assembly!

Newsie 2: [Translated from French] Representatives flee as the House of Assembly burns!

Newsie 3: Rioters claim victory!

Audio Description: Figures storm the building.

Narrator: Canada’s new experiment in responsible government survived the 1849 riot. The colonies began to speak of greater cooperation and confederation.

[Translated from French] After the 1849 uprisings, the colonies became more open to cooperation, made all the more necessary by the threat of American expansionism.

Woman: The Americans have ambitions for our western territories. Britain may soon abandon us.

[piano music]

Audio Description: A steamboat crawls along the water.

Narrator: Colonial leaders gathered in Charlottetown and Québec City in 1864 and 1865 to discuss plans for a federal union between the colonies.

[Translated from French] Colonial leaders negotiated the creation of a federal union.

Audio Description: Men and women waltz in a ballroom.

Feo Monck: We arrived here today. Crowds of people were on board, going to the delegates’ ball tonight.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Between the celebrations and banquets, delegates worked for four days to set out the underlying principles of Confederation.

Audio Description: Charlottetown.

George Brown: We are gathered here to address the agitations in our country and the fierce contests; the strife and the discord and the abuse of many years!

Narrator: [Translated from French] Later, in Québec City, delegates continued the negotiations.

Leaders continued their negotiations in Québec City where they agreed upon the 72 resolutions that formed the basis of the new Dominion of Canada. When the Québec City conference concluded, George Brown excitedly wrote to his wife Anne.

George Brown: All right! At six o’clock this evening the constitution was adopted! It is a most creditable document, a complete reform of all the abuses and injustices we have complained of! Hurrah!

Audio Description: George-Étienne Cartier

George-Étienne Cartier: [Translated from French] Some parties have alleged that confederation will never function, on account of the differences of races and religions. It is precisely because of these differences in race and of local interests, that the federal system must be established, and will work well.

Narrator: The new nation of Canada had a representational government elected by Canadians, but not all peoples in Canada had the right to vote. And not everyone had equal rights under the law.

[Translated from French] Although the country was governed by an elected assembly, not everyone was equal before the law.

Audio Description: A village flies a Métis flag.

Narrator: In 1869, Canada purchased Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company, without consulting the people of the Red River. The Métis resisted by seizing Upper Fort Garry.

[Translated from French] To protect their territory, representatives of the Red River negotiated the terms that would lead to the creation of the province of Manitoba.

The Métis formed a provisional government to defend their territories, assert their rights and negotiate the terms of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. Some of the promises were never fulfilled.

[guitar music]

Audio Description: Photos show Louis Riel and several other prominent Métis men and women.

Narrator: Building the railway across sinking swamps and through soaring Rocky Mountain peaks was an extraordinary engineering feat. The railway was part of a plan to invite millions of new settlers from around the world to occupy the prairies.

[Translated from French] The national policy that led to the creation of the railway, forced Indigenous peoples from their traditional lands to make way for immigrants from around the world.

The national policy expelled Indigenous peoples who had inhabited the lands for millennia.

Audio Description: Workers build railways across bridges and over the land.

Narrator: Economic development spread across the country, bringing with it many benefits for Canadians.

[Translated from French] As a prosperous and welcoming country, Canada has an enviable reputation for multiculturalism.

Canada is respected worldwide as a land of inclusive multiculturalism that has accepted many people.

Audio Description: From eighteen sixty-seven to nineteen ninety-nine, provinces and territories are created.

Narrator: But the benefits of economic prosperity have not been shared equally. Canada has discriminated against the Indigenous peoples who inhabited this land and others who arrived later.

[Translated from French] This country was built to the detriment of Indigenous peoples and certain immigrant groups.

The sustained attempt to assimilate Indigenous peoples was a shameful example of racism and of Canada’s colonial policies.

[Translated from French] Acknowledgement of the tragic, painful history of residential schools and their lasting effects is essential for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

We are finally recognizing the hard truth of the trauma it caused and are seeking reconciliation with survivors, and all Indigenous peoples.

Audio Description: Photos show indigenous children in European clothes. In each group, several of them fade away. Small shoes are arranged in rows. A laser opens a vortex on the Centre Block. Blue light and spinning gears cover the building.

[whooshing and zapping]

[intense music]

Audio Description: Another laser strikes. On the hill, people watch ornate pillars glow inside and support the building. The detailing of the stone pillars glow, and the five books float above them. A blue book comes forward and opens. On every page is a map. The outline of the Parliament buildings appears, creating a dark opening through the pages.

[clocks ticking]


Narrator: There is something in the Canadian spirit which craves a quest.

[Translated from French] The desire to excel always pushes us further.

Audio Description: In the opening, an armillary sphere floats surrounded by a title: Discovery and Adventure. The armil floats up to the Peace Tower clock.

Narrator: Quests are real and imagined voyages of exploration.

[Translated from French] Every quest, real or imagined, leads us on a journey.

Audio Description: Lasers spread from the compass. The drawings of two bearded men appear.

Narrator: To early explorers, like John Cabot and Jacques Cartier, this meant finding the courage to face the unknown on a vast ocean.

Audio Description: A tall ship sails in the dark.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Beyond a vast ocean, peoples and undreamed-of riches awaited Cabot and Cartier.

On the east coast, seafaring adventurers found peoples and riches untold. Separated by 200 years, neither Henry Hudson nor John Franklin realized their ambition: finding a Northwest Passage to the riches of the East.

Audio Description: An iceberg shatters.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Hudson and Franklin did everything in their power to try to find the Northwest Passage.

Audio Description: A ship travels through the ice and into darkness.

Narrator: Captain George Vancouver witnessed unparalleled natural beauty while mapping on the Pacific coast late in the 18th century. He encountered prosperous, sophisticated societies.

[Translated from French] In mapping the Pacific coast, George Vancouver went beyond the ideas of the time, encountering societies rich with wisdom and knowledge.

Explorers, like La Vérendrye, often followed well-established trade routes cut by generations of Indigenous travellers.

[Translated from French] It was thanks to the knowledge of Indigenous people that La Vérendrye explored the West.

Audio Description: The moon glows behind the silhouette of a caribou with large antlers.

Narrator: [Translated from French] And it was through wanting to succeed where others had failed that Mackenzie happened upon a mighty river.

What Mackenzie finds in the far north is spectacular: the sprawling estuary of a great river that today bears his name.

Audio Description: Window lights glow on a train as it crosses the valley.

Man: All aboard!

[train chugging]

Narrator: [Translated from French] The transcontinental railway crossed the mountains, creating a link between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Two ribbons of steel connected Canada from East to West.

[train rattling]

Audio Description: Over farm fields, a train approaches with a glaring headlight. The light rises in the air and turns into the sun shining behind a grain elevator.

Narrator: Charles Edward Saunders’ hardy, fast-maturing wheat and the dedicated work of western farm families, brought them prosperity and helped feed the world.

[Translated from French] A new variety of wheat developed by Charles Saunders brought prosperity to families in the West and helped feed the planet.

In their own way, scientists are inventors and explorers. Doctor Frederick Banting had a vision to revolutionize the fight against diabetes that would save millions of lives.

[Translated from French] Doctor Frederick Banting and his team isolated insulin. Thanks to these Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto, hundreds of millions of people with diabetes can enjoy a healthy, active life.

[inspiring music]

Audio Description: The University of Toronto Crest appears, surrounded by two Nobel Prize medals. Nineteen twenty-three.

Narrator: [Translated from French] In his own way, Alexander Graham Bell was also a great explorer.

Alexander Graham Bell brought us closer with the invention of the telephone and the flight of the Silver Dart, the first powered aircraft to fly in Canada.

[Translated from French] His inventions amazed an entire generation and changed the world forever.

Mastery of the air assured rapid travel and communication with remote regions.

[Translated from French] Having mastered the air, we pushed the boundaries of our imagination, defied gravity and reached a place of endless possibilities…

Our strength as innovators, and our thirst for adventure, has thrust the Canadian spirit beyond the bounds of gravity into the boundless possibilities of space.

Audio Description: The names of astronauts connect through lines and stars of a constellation. An astronaut in a space suit floats by next to the Canadarm.


[high-pitched shooting from laser]

Audio Description: A laser flashes, turning the building’s facade violet. Bright gears float and spin. Another laser flashes. The building's facade glows and rotates from its original design into its modern form. Faces of stone emerge from the walls. The five books float in the sky. The violet book approaches and opens. The title glows in white: Valour.

[clocks ticking]



[stone scraping]

Narrator: In 1914, war engulfs Europe. Canada stands determined with Britain and the allies.

Audio Description: Soldiers walk across a field.

Narrator: The mud, the trenches, the horrors of the First World War raised the hope it would be the war to end war.

Audio Description: They stand in trenches.

Narrator: [Translated from French] The war of 1914 to 1918 was called the war to end all wars. It was so horrific, people hoped it would be the last.

Private Frank Lind: Tell all our friends that the 1st Newfoundland is okay. We will make you all proud.



Audio Description: Planes fly over the soldiers in the trenches. Beaumont-Hamel, nineteen sixteen.

Narrator: Over eight hundred Newfoundlanders gave their best that day, but only 68 answered roll call the next morning.

[Translated from French] They say that these young men swung into action, heads down, like fishermen in a squall, battling until they reached port.

[Translated from French] Of the 801 Newfoundlanders who fought in the battle, 68 answered roll call the next morning. A generation lost.

Audio Description: Vimy, nineteen seventeen.

Narrator: Attempts at taking Vimy Ridge cost the British and the French hundreds of thousands of casualties. In the spring of 1917, Canadians are asked to try again.

[Translated from French] Where thousands of others had failed, Canadians were asked to do the impossible.

Audio Description: William Henry Bell

Private William Henry Bell: We are out of the trenches, training to go over the top... We’ll be doing the real thing in a couple of days.

Narrator: The four Canadian divisions fought together for the first time. The artillery led the way.

[Translated from French] Our artillery pounded the enemy, and all our troops formed a united front for the first time.

Nursing Sister Alice Isaacson: Success always means so many wounded, and it’s so cold and wet…

Audio Description: Alice Isaacson.

Nursing Sister Alice Isaacson: …snow today, forming a deep, soft slush.

Audio Description: Charlie Ross Francis

Private Charlie Ross Francis: [Translated from French] The noise was unbearable, the machine guns, the mortars, the cannons. There were so many shells, you couldn’t see the sky.

Narrator: Together they reached their objective.

[Translated from French] Within a few hours, they achieved the impossible. But all too soon, tyranny resurfaced.

In 1939, Canadians stood ready to fight again.

Audio Description: Fighter planes sit in a hangar.

Narrator: [Translated from French] The efforts of all Canadians were mobilized. On the country’s farms and in its factories, more than a million women replaced the men who had gone to the front. One of them, electrical engineer Elsie MacGill, supervised a whole team of engineers working on the production of warplanes.

During the war effort, more than a million women replaced men on farms and in factories. Known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, Elsie MacGill gave a bold face to the newly empowered women of Canada. The first female electrical engineer in the country, she was also the first woman to work as a professional aircraft designer.

Audio Description: The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King: The government received official word that the invasion of Western Europe has begun. The Canadian troops were among the Allied Forces who landed this morning on the northern coast of France.

Audio Description: Juno Beach, nineteen fourty-four. Planes fly in formation over the coast. Dots on a radar screen turn into landing paratroopers.

[tense military music]

[airplanes whooshing]

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King: The fighting is certain to be heavy, but we have every reason for confidence in the final outcome.

Audio Description: Lance Corporal Hermel Pelletier

Lance Corporal Hermel Pelletier: [Translated from French] The seas were stormy, everyone was thrown one on top of the other. We spotted the village, the houses were burning, and the beaches were mined.

Audio Description: Earl Grey

Able Seaman Earl Grey: They were brave men. If there’s any such a thing as a hero on D-Day, it was the first assault troops that went ashore.

Audio Description: Jacques Raymond

Private Jacques Raymond: [Translated from French] All we could hear was an infernal noise ... the planes overhead, the boats that were firing ... and the counterattack of the Germans.

The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King: Let the hearts of all in Canada today be filled with silent prayer for the success of our own and Allied Forces, and for the early liberation of the peoples of Europe.

Audio Description: Canadian soldiers run through colourful explosions on a smoky battlefield.

[triumphant music]

[troops shouting]

Narrator: Canadians drove the axis forces back, liberating the people as we went.

[Translated from French] The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of new friendships between peoples. And every spring since then, the blooming of thousands of tulips rekindles the memory.

Every spring, Dutch tulips bloom in our capital, as a long-lasting tribute to our efforts, and as a symbol of their gratitude. The world had changed forever. An uneasy peace descended. A cold war between the West and the USSR. Canada committed resources and personnel around the world.

[Translated from French] During the Cold War between Western countries and the Soviet Union, the role of Canadians stretched around the world.

The 21st century brought a new set of challenges. Once again, Canada responded.

[Translated from French] Faced with the challenges of the 21st century, Canada took action.

[helicopter propellers whirring]

[somber music]

Audio Description: A helicopter lands. The silhouettes of two soldiers stand under a grey sky. Surrounded by photos of soldiers, images of the National War Memorial rise.

Narrator: At home, we honour those who fought, those who fell.

[Translated from French] We remember those who served for us. We honour them on a ridge in France.

On a ridge in France, on land offered by a grateful nation, the Vimy Memorial stands on soil which will forever be part of Canada. Here, in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower, those who lost their lives are honoured in the Books of Remembrance.

[Translated from French] And here as well, in the Books of Remembrance.

Lest we forget.

[Translated from French] We will remember them.

Audio Description: Flickering lights float towards the window of the memorial chamber. Colours circle around it. The Centre Block glows red.

[upbeat, inspiring music]

Narrator: Canada is populated by people with roots in every region of the world. Our achievements inspire a vision of the future worthy of the sacrifices of the past.

[Translated from French] Our nation is alive with people whose roots reach around the world. As we build the future, we are inspired by the past.

[melodious singing]

Audio Description: The building glows in an array of colours, then bursts into shards. A multi-coloured book appears and opens to a title: Pride and Vision. An Orca Whale breaches from below. A geometric mountain range rises.

Narrator: From the beginning, Canada’s landscape has humbled us, raised our hopes and inspired us to dream.

[Translated from French] The beauty and sheer size of Canada inspire us, allowing us to dream.

Emily Carr: It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw…

Audio Description: Emily Carr.

Emily Carr: …she is something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power you are part of.

Audio Description: Forests and cities pass.

Narrator: Our national passions are tied to love of home, the comfort of fellowship and a deep commitment to advance the common good.

[Translated from French] We dedicate our passions to the common good… to solidarity.

Audio Description: Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: I have watched with enormous admiration how Canada has grown and matured while remaining true to its history, its distinctive character, and its values.

Audio Description: An inukshuk stands on the coast. Gabriel Dumont.

Gabriel Dumont: [Translated from French] The truest democracy is a democracy where minorities can flourish.

Audio Description: Louis Riel

Louis Riel: [Translated from French] I have nothing but my heart and I have given it long ago to my country.

Audio Description: James Gladstone

Senator James Gladstone: Someday this country will come of age, and all people, whatever their national differences, will unite as one nation.

Audio Description: The faces of Indigenous people fade in and out in a photo montage. Rosemary Brown.

Rosemary Brown: We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.

Audio Description: Photos display people riding horses, and artists painting. Viola Desmond's name displays.

Narrator: [Translated from French] Viola Desmond, a Black businesswoman, bravely spoke out about the injustice she suffered after being arrested in a section reserved for whites in a movie theatre.

Audio Description: Desmond

Viola Desmond: I didn’t realize a thing like this could happen in Nova Scotia – or in any part of Canada.

Narrator: Viola Desmond’s courageous battle against racial segregation was a powerful inspiration to future generations demanding equality.

Audio Description: A Pride flag glows on the Peace Tower.

Narrator: In Canada, we are free to love whom we want to love.

[Translated from French] We are free to be who we are.

Audio Description: Lester B. Pearson

The Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson: Under this flag, may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada.

Audio Description: Maple leaves spread out.

Narrator: [Translated from French] May this flag inspire every generation of new Canadians.

Audio Description: A single maple leaf glows on the peace tower. John G. Diefenbaker.

The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker: I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country.

Audio Description: Starting with 1953, many different years are projected on the buildings along with royal visits.

Narrator: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is a celebration of her 70 years of steadfast service to Canada and Canadians.

[Translated from French] For 70 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has witnessed Canada evolve into an inclusive nation, its gaze firmly fixed on the future.

Throughout her reign, Canada has continued to grow into a modern, diverse nation.

Audio Description: Two pictures of the Queen display, from 1953 to 2022. The windows and bricks of the Centre Block glow in a variety of shifting colours. The building shimmers. Floating lights collide and travel up the Peace Tower. They flow into the clock and disappear. The building fills with shifting animated designs.

["O Canada" playing]

♪ O Canada! ♪

♪ Our home and native land! ♪

♪ True patriot love ♪

♪ In all of us command ♪

♪ With glowing hearts we see thee rise ♪

♪ The True North strong and free! ♪

♪ From far and wide O Canada ♪

♪ We stand on guard for thee ♪

♪ God keep our land ♪

♪ Glorious and free ♪

♪ O Canada ♪

♪ We stand on guard ♪

♪ For thee ♪

Audio Description: Within the flowing and shifting colours, a red maple leaf adorns the peace tower. A white background and red borders appear, forming the Canadian flag. Audio Description by Onextra. Logo: The Government of Canada.

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