While doing some research for this post a few weeks ago, I stumbled on a few classic Canadian “Heritage Minute” videos on YouTube. I was thrilled to find out that they’re available for viewing online because these videos used to leave me transfixed when I was little…and apparently they still do today.
Heritage Minute videos first aired on television in 1991, and each one depicts a significant moment, person or event who influenced Canadian history. I know that Canadian history may seem like a really boring topic, but we’ve actually done some pretty amazing things over the years! From creating Superman and basketball, to our roles in Vimy Ridge and helping free American slaves through the Underground Railroad, these vignettes make your Canadian heart swell with pride.
Whenever a Heritage Minute would come on tv when I was a kid, I used to cross my fingers and hope it was a story I hadn’t yet seen. The minute-long videos were fairly frequently aired over the years, so it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a new one. But through the magic of the internet, you can easily access over 70 of them on the Historica Dominion Institute website.
Here are a few examples of the reasons Canadians have to be proud of our collective heritage:
A Part of Our Heritage -Superman
A Part of Our Heritage – Winnie the Pooh
A Part of Our Heritage -Women in Medicine
A Part of Our Heritage -Dr. Wilder Penfield
Oh Canada! To view more Heritage Minute videos, click here.
- YouTube Education (thej85.wordpress.com)
- Transforming Heritage Minutes (gender-focus.com)
- Caesar Teaser (culturalquirks.com)
Thanks for this. I love the Winnie the Pooh one, and it’s good to reminded of the work of Dr. Penfield. You know there’s a street named after him in Montreal?
I’m glad you liked the post, and thanks for the comment! I didn’t know there’s a street named after him…but I do always think of that video whenever I smell toast burning 🙂
Isn’t it funny how a commercial can affect you for years like that? 🙂
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