CHI4U – Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12, University Preparation


Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities.

Course Description

This course traces the history of Canada, with a focus on the evolution of our national identity and culture as well as the identity and culture of various groups that make up Canada. Students will explore various developments and events, both national and international, from precontact to the present, and will examine various communities in Canada and how they have contributed to identity and heritage in Canada. Students will investigate the development of culture and identity, including national identity, in Canada and how and why they have changed throughout the country’s history. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate the people, events, and forces that have shaped Canada.

Outline of Course Content

Unit 1First Voices – Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (Pre-history to 1534)
Unit 2The World of New France (1534 to 1759)
Unit 3English Colonial Culture (1774 to 1867)
Unit 4Consolidating Culture and Identity (1867 to 1918)
Unit 5Maturing Culture and Identity (1920 to 1945)
Unit 6The Beginning of the New Conflict (1945 to 1968)
Unit 7Challenging Times, Shifting Identities and Many Cultures (1968 to 2002)