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Intermediate Senior History

Primary Sources

Chinese Canadian Life on the Railway
This resource from the Critical Thinking Consortium includes photographs taken during the building of the CPR, as well as some secondary sources on its construction.

Settling Western Canada
This database from Library and Archives Canada covers Land Grants of Western Canada from 1870 to 1930. It includes both background information, and primary sources such as maps. Note that some of the resources are only accessible on microfilm. 

Women's Suffrage 
Political cartoons ranging from the 1880s to 1950s, about women's suffrage in Canada.

100 Years of Loss - The Residential School System in Canada
Survivor stores, archival photographs, documents, and audio.
Note: we have the Edu-kit in the Teacher Resource Room. 

The Nellie McClung Foundation
This archive has collected documents, photos, and quotes related to the history of Nellie McClung and the women's movement in Canada. See also their collected resources for educators (activities and lesson plan ideas). 

Frontier Life
This digital collection of primary source documents helps us to understand existence on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920. Discover various European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa, and Australasia through documents that reveal the lives of settlers and Indigenous peoples in these areas.
Clicking on the Document Type tab will reveal the variety of primary sources available to search.

Moving Here, Staying Here: The Canadian Immigrant Experience
Includes voyage diaries, letters, posters, printed advertisements and pamphlets, and passenger lists that document the experience of Canadian immigrants from the 1800s to 1930.

Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides
Provides access to the pre-1930 Canadian pamphlet and broadside holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook
From Fordham University, this sourcebook contains thousands of texts from the modern era. Choose the section you are most interested in from the list on the left side.

Abolitionist Newspapers of the 1850s
A digital collection of abolitionist newspapers. Includes the Provincial Freeman, True Royalist and Weekly Intelligencer, Voice of the Bondsman, and Voice of the Fugitive.

Other Resources

TVO Learn - Grade 8 History and Geography
TVO Learn is designed as a student resource, but can also be useful in the classroom. The grade 8 section includes learning activities (which will require instruction from an adult), as well as other resources for learning and prompts to apply what students have learned. Resources include videos and articles that may be useful for class instruction. 

Childhood Denied: Indian Residential Schools and their Legacy
From the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this resource includes videos, readings, and photographs.

Abolitionists of Ontario: Fugitives and Freemen
Packages about abolitionists in Ontario, includes handouts, activity sheets, assignment questions, and an answers sheet. 

Resources on Treaties
Our list of Treaty resources can be found here.

Primary Sources in the Education Library


Grade 8 Canadian and World Studies 

Nelson History 8
FC173 .C47 2017 new text
FC173 .C47 2017 teacher's guide new text
Online teaching centre: see password page


CBC and Radio-Canada. Documentaries from television and radio, news reports, archival material, stock shots, and more. To take advantage of campus features (such as creating playlists) you will need to create an account.

National Film Board
Over 1000 films are available free, 3000 available with an account. Also includes teaching guides. To take advantage of campus features such as creating playlists and chapters, you will need to create a profile.

Films on Demand
Humanities and Social Sciences video collections.

Criterion on Demand
A large English and French streaming or download service with option of closed captioning.

A collection of Canadian video segments that is searchable by provincial curriculum subjects, grades, and strands. Includes PDF teacher guides when available, and content is downloadable.