Sharing Canadian Culture Creating Digital Stories

Famous Canadians

People Worth Celebrating and Studying

We are pleased to introduce the first of our famous Canadians: David Suzuki and Viola Desmond.  Suzuki and Desmond represent a wide spectrum of Canadianness. Born in 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia Ms. Desmond was an activist and civil rights pioneer. Dr. Suzuki, born 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an academic and broadcaster who took up the mantle of environmental activist.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki

Activist, Broadcaster, Academic

David Suzuki was born and raised in British Columbia and Ontario. He rose to fame via hosting a television program called “The Nature of Things.” He’s now known for his activism: his foundation focuses on protecting the oceans.

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Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond

Activist, Business person

Viola Desmond was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became famous through her civil rights activism. She will be honoured in Canada as the new face of the 2017 Canadian ten dollar bill.

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2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and the launch of Ancestry Project

Explore ancestry, history, Canadian culture and digital media. All are welcome – educators, teachers and youth workers may register for free materials.

Program streams: Grades 7-12, and Adult ESL.
Free program: Sample student worksheets, instructor guide, email newsletter with tips and lesson ideas
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