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Famous Canadians Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of famous Canadians. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
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Time Machine: Women in BC History (Grade 11)
- British Columbia Archives presents 11 curricular units (galleries) drawing
heavily from archival information on BC History. Each gallery has a teacher
guide and each is targeted for a specific grade range. This link is to a Women's
Study unit which will allow Grade 11 students to learn more about Sylvia Stark,
Catherine Schubert, Hannah Maynard, Emily Carr, and Judge Helen MacGill.
Heirloom Series: Volumes IV, V and VI
- The Canada Heirloom Series contains several hundred biographical profiles
on famous Canadians organized under the headings of "Pathfinders", "Wayfarers",
Air Aces and Heroes
- Articles on about a dozen Canadian air aces from WWI, WWII, and the Korean
- Brief notes primarily about Canadian entertainers, organized under: Actors
and Comedians, Actresses and Comediennes, Musicians, and Other Professions.
Inventions and Inventors
- This database of Canadian inventions and inventors can be browsed by category
of the invention, province where it was invented, or name of inventor (separated
Canadian Literature Archive
- The Canadian Literature Archive is a project of the English Department
of the University of Manitoba. This site offers a meta-list of links to sites
with information about Canadian writers and in many cases to their specific,
individual works. Hundreds of authors are organized alphabetically. There
are also links to other literary organizations that may also have biographical
- "Written by Toronto-based music writer Jaimie Vernon, this Jam! Music database
chronicles, by artist, the history of Canadian contemporary music from the
1950s to the present. Every entry includes an extensive artist and/or band
biography as well as a comprehensive discography." Links to further information
and to photographs may also be available.
- This University of Toronto site profiles over 50 contemporary Canadian
poets under the following headings: Biography, Poems, Writing Philosophy,
Published Works and Other Information. They also have a section for 19th century
poets but the information does not follow the same format.
- Photographs from the National Archives of Canada on famous Canadians organized
in the following headings: Canadian Government, Canadian Men, Canadian Women,
Canadian Prime Ministers, Explorers & Military Figures, Employment in Canada,
Governors General, and Immigrants & Aboriginal People of Canada. A brief biographical
sketch accompanies each photo.
Prime Ministers: Biographies
- Canadian Prime Ministers from 1867 to Date.
Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
- The lives of about 25 Canadian scientists are briefly described as though
the scientists were writing about themselves.
Sculpture: Coming of Age
- Learn more about early 20th century Canadian sculpture by browsing through
profiles and pictures of 15 founders of the Sculptors' Society of Canada (SSC).
Click on "?Artists" at the bottom of the page for entry to that section of
the site. If you want to learn more about any of the sculptors, there are
images of hundreds of examples of their works available in the "Database"
option. Caution: your monitor setting must be at least 800 * 600 to view the
Who's Who on the World Wide Web
- An online version (with some differences) of the CD version of this biological
reference. A search option provides access to the 15,000 item database by
name, birthdate, birthyear and city. There's also a Birthday feature which
pulls out the biographies of those famous Canadians born on this day, the
previous day, and the following day.
Celebration of Women Writers: Writers from Canada
- Links to information on about 200 Canadian women writers. Some links go
to home pages dedicated to the author, some links go to external sites with
brief articles/biographies, and some links are to a biography of the author
on this site itself. As such, the quality and quantity of the information
will vary. In some cases, there are links to information about specific works
from the writer in addition to (or instead of) information about the author
- Profiles of a 'Cool Woman or an event affecting women in Canada' from Beth
Atcheson, Martha Russell, Pat Statton & Nancy Ruth of Toronto. There are over
50 biographies of famous Canadian women, some of which also have links to
- Within this extensive site covering voyages of discovery and exploration
world-wide, you'll find links to information on Canada's early explorers.
Women of Past and Present
- This site has links to information about famous women from many different
nations including Canada. Links are organized alphabetically by last name
or by field of study. This resources will be most useful if you already know
the name of the woman you're looking for; however, the alphabetical index
provides the country of origin so it is possible to browse the site as well.
Links go to information on external sites so the quality of the resources
Best Source for Canadian Science
- Profiles of 20 Canadian scientists including pictures and information from
the people themselves. This Simon Fraser project also has brief biographical
sketches on 150 other Canadian scientist in their Reference
Space (LS): Women's Studies Research Lessons
- One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using
it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct
research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers
may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to
research. This site contains two intermediate level research lessons (Focus
on Women and Women
in History) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real
life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found. They are easily
adaptable to the Canadian scene and to the broader topic of Famous Canadians.
Library of Canada
- Click on the above button to check out the full contents of the NLC, or
go directly to the following resources.
Women's Achievements "Each year the National Library celebrates Women's
History Month in Canada by honouring the contributions of Canadian women
in developing Canada. A brief biographical sketch highlights each woman's
life and achievements. This is followed by a list of suggested readings
or works. "
of Confederation Biographical sketches of Sir John Alexander Macdonald,
Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier, George Brown, Sir Charles Tupper,
and Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt
of Lore and Yore: Canadian Heroes in Fact and Fiction About a dozen
brief biographical sketches plus bibliographies and links to further information
on famous Canadians organized in the following categories: Pursuit of
Excellence, We are the Land, Voices of the People, and the Mythmakers.
Northwest Connection: Gallery of Native Art
- This BC art gallery offers a wide variety of information about Northwest
Coastal art and artists. In addition to profiles on native artists (including
pictures of their work) organized by genre, there are articles providing background
information. Caution: the text may be difficult to read.
- Ottawa Researchers provides the information for this page in Sympatico
News containing biographical descriptions of famous Canadians born 'on this
Minister of Canada
- This information unit for high school teachers is an online resource that
will aid students in their exploration of the role of the Prime Minister.
It covers not only leading the Government of Canada, but how to set the political
agenda at large, and what it means.
Canadian Achievers: Alphabetical Listing
- Biographies of about 100 Canadian individuals. There's also a section on
Known People Who Happen to be Canadian
- Biographical sketches. People are organized under the headings: Actors,
Actresses, Artists, Astronauts, Athletes, Authors, Business People, Comedians,
Directors/Producers, Entertainers, Journalists, Miscellaneous, Musicians,
and Scientists. Check out the link "More Canadians" at the bottom of their
home page for a second set of links under many of the same categories as their
Artists in Canada
- Information on over 100 Canadian women artists active in such disciplines
as ceramics, computer arts, fibre arts, glass and jewelry making, painting,
printmaking, sculpture, and video, to name but some. Note the information
is presented in English or French depending on the language of the artist.
in [Canadian] History
- Biographical sketches of over 30 Canadian women.
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