Historica Canada

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Historica Canada

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  • Historica
  • Heritage Minutes
  • Historica Minutes: History by the Minute
  • Historica Foundation of Canada
  • The Historica-Dominion Institute
  • CRB Foundation

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Historica Canada is Canada’s largest organization working towards educating the public on the Nation’s history and cultural. It is a registered national charitable organization and offers all its programing and information in both English and French.
Historica in its present form began in 2009 after a company merger of the Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute, though working under the name of The Historica-Dominion Institute until 2013 when it adopted its present name.
Historica offers many culture enriching programs and information. They are best known for their popular Heritage Minutes. These short 60-second films depict important people or events that have helped shape Canada, often highlighting values that are considered important to the Nation. As of July 2020, they have released 91 episodes since 1991 when the first thirteen minutes were released. They also publish and maintain The Canadian Encyclopedia, a free online resource on Canadian history. Historica Canada offers many educational programs across the country in both languages to promote and aide in the building of Canadian culture.


Toronto, Canada

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Created August 7, 2019 by Elizabeth Carroll. Updated July 6, 2020 by Rachel E. Beattie.


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Godfrey, Stephen. “CROSS CURRENT They may fill some gaps, but Heritage Minutes also point to gaping holes.” The Globe & Mail Toronto, April 19, 1991. https://link-galegroup-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/apps/doc/A164260352/CPI?u=utoronto_main&sid=CPI&xid=609998cb.

Historica Canada. “About.” Accessed August 7, 2019. https://www.historicacanada.ca/about

"Historica's Radio Heritage Minutes." Canada NewsWire, Mar 13, 2003. http://myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/docview/455736698?accountid=14771

Moore, Christopher. "Our History, Minute by Minute." The Beaver 75, no.3 (June 1995): 53-55, http://myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/docview/200278610?accountid=14771.

O’kane, Josh. “How Canada's Heritage Minutes got their swagger back: Short-film series of Canadian historical moments debuts its 80th entry this week.” The Globe & Mail Toronto, May 13, 2015. http://myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/docview/1680298732?accountid=14771

Ried, Emily and Nicki Thomas. “Heritage Minutes.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Last updated November 14, 2018. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/heritage-minutes

Tierney, Kevin. "Heritage Minutes Stand the Test of Time; they were, and Still are, Pro-Canada, but also Inclusive and Meaningful." Montreal Gazette, Nov 12, 2016. http://myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/docview/1838558283?accountid=14771.

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