Discover Canada’s Prime Ministers
Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has had no fewer than 22 prime ministers, each of whom has made a distinctive mark on Canadian politics. This unique new playlist, accompanied by educational resources brought to you by Library and Archives Canada and the National Film Board of Canada, offers a rich selection of films about a remarkable group of leaders, providing in-depth perspectives on their varied contributions to Canadian history and society.
In addition to its compilation of films made over a span of more than 70 years, the playlist features these comprehensive and engaging resources: downloadable fact sheets, archival records, biographies and an assortment of images. This invaluable learning tool can be used both inside and outside the classroom—by educators, students, researchers or anyone seeking to learn more about the fascinating lives and legacies of Canada’s prime ministers.
Are you an educator?
This playlist is perfect for the classroom, and curated just for you.
A downloadable educator’s guide, entitled The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics, contains critical challenges, provincial curriculum connections, activities, handouts, resources and evaluation rubrics designed specifically for Canadian classroom use.
The films in the playlist are sure to enrich classroom learning, and can be viewed in class or as a homework assignment. Each film is accompanied by a short description. CAMPUS subscribers also have access to classifications by grade level and subject area and a chaptering tool that allows them to break the films up into easy-to-teach sections. (It is always recommended that you preview a film before showing it to your students.)
Target grade level:
• This film selection and accompanying resources are suitable for students ages 13 +(cycle 1 & 2 in Quebec).
Target subject areas:
• Canadian History
• Canadian Studies
• Social Studies
Downloadable learning resources
Educator’s Guide: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics
Fact sheets about Canada’s prime ministers:
• Sir John A. Macdonald
• Alexander Mackenzie
• Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott
• Sir John Sparrow David Thompson
• Sir Mackenzie Bowell
• Sir Charles Tupper
• Sir Wilfrid Laurier
• Sir Robert Laird Borden
• Arthur Meighen
• William Lyon Mackenzie King
• Richard Bedford Bennett
• Louis Stephen St. Laurent
• John George Diefenbaker
• Lester Bowles Pearson
• Pierre Elliott Trudeau
• Charles Joseph Clark
• John Napier Turner
• Martin Brian Mulroney
• Kim Campbell
• Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien
• Paul Edgar Philippe Martin
• Stephen Joseph Harper
For more information about this selection and resources, visit the LAC website.
About LAC and NFB
The National Film Board of Canada is proud to collaborate with Library and Archives Canada to bring engaging films, images, archival documents and educational resources to Canadians via NFB.ca and CAMPUS. Our aim is to make the best possible films and resources available in one place, accessible on the Web, around the world, 24/7. We will work together to achieve this aim by combining our vast and diverse collections into thematic modules, and by making them available online to educators in Canada and around the world.