ARCHIVED – Backgrounder — Substantial Changes to the Citizenship Study Guide: How Discover Canada Differs from A Look at Canada

Readers will find information on many important topics in Discover Canada, including responsible government, Remembrance Day, the Québécois nation and the Quiet Revolution, gender equality, the impact of residential schools on Aboriginal people, and our role in world wars and other historical conflicts. The guide also features expanded sections on Canadian heroes, sports, diversity and artists.

A partial comparison indicating some of the differences between Discover Canada and the previous guide, A Look at Canada, is included in the following table.

A Look at Canada (1995) Discover Canada (2011)
Confederation Two paragraphs and a table, page 12 Half a page, page 18
Responsible government No mention 3 paragraphs, page 18
The First World War No mention Featured section, page 21
Women’s voting rights No mention Featured section, page 21; photograph of Agnes Macphail, the first woman MP
Remembrance Day No mention Featured sidebar, page 22
Second World War No mention Featured section, page 23
The Québécois nation and the Quiet Revolution No mention Featured on pages 11, 12, 25; photograph of Québec City Hall on page 35; the fleur-de-lys on page 38
Equality of women and men No mention Featured sidebar, page 9, and photograph of Agnes Macphail, the first woman MP
Gay and lesbian equality rights No mention A paragraph on page 13, including civil marriage. Photograph of athlete and activist for gay and lesbian Canadians, Mark Tewksbury
Canadian sports No mention Featured sports heroes, page 26; Canadian football feature, page 26; popular sports and Stanley Cup, page 39; 2010 Winter Olympics men’s hockey team
Canadian heroes No mention Terry Fox, Rick Hansen and others, page 26; Sir Frederick Banting and other scientists, page 27; Victoria Cross winners, page 41; Sir Arthur Currie, page 21;
Louis Riel, Sam Steele, page 19; heroine Laura Secord, page 17
Aboriginal peoples Two pages Featured on pages 10, 11, 14, 19, 33, 51
Residential schools No mention Page 10
Acadians One sentence on Acadians, page 18 Full paragraph on history, page 11
Mentioned in New Brunswick section, page 47
Canadian democracy No mention Featured sidebars, pages 12 and 16
Slavery and abolition No mention Featured caption, page 13; featured section, page 16
War of 1812 No mention Featured section, page 17
1837–38 rebellions No mention Featured section, page 17
Louis Riel No mention Featured section, page 19
Chinese railroad workers One sentence, page 25 Featured, page 20
Canadian diversity Mention, pages 3 and 8 Featured graphically and in text, pages 3, 11, 12, 25, 27, 47
Canadian artists No mention Bill Reid, page 10; Jean-Paul Riopelle, page 25; Group of Seven, page 25; Denys Arcand and others, page 25
Canadian Rangers No mention Featured, page 51

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