Canada 150

Youth Are Awesome is celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary with a series of 30 blog posts exploring and investigating Canada’s history spanning the past 150 years. This series will not only commemorate Canada’s 150th Anniversary but also offer readers a chance to engage with Canada’s unique narrative and history. 

The 30 posts are split into five-year increments narrating different events of Canadian history. Through these posts, bloggers will explore the dynamic history of Canada while relating it to their experience as a young person living here. Each post will explore either a cultural, historical, or other significant events that the blogger will choose and research through accredited sources.


Enjoy, learn, and be amazed at the incredible journey Canada and its citizens have undergone in the past 150 years!


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The Creation of a National Icon

Since the creation of Canada in the year 1867, our beautiful nation has gone through many different flags. Over the years we have adopted numerous designs which have all led to the beautiful red and white flag featuring our iconic maple leaf. This is the story about the...Read More »

From Sea to Sea: The Origins of Canada from Confederation

Although Canada is as vibrant and thriving a nation as ever in its history, its past should not be disregarded in lieu of prospects of the future – and at the core of all Canada stands for today is its founding from a single Act of legislation, from a tiny...Read More »

History of "O Canada"

Nothing is more patriotic to a country than its national anthem; for Canada, this is no different with our national anthem “O Canada”. Whether it is being sung at the start of a hockey game, before the start of an assembly, or after a Canadian wins a gold medal at...Read More »

The Invention of the Telephone

It’s a Saturday morning. I’m in my bed, snoozing away. All of a sudden, I’m startled and I wake up due to a terrible ringing sound. I pick up the phone with annoyance, and I’m appalled when they ask for an appointment at Chatters hair salon. Turns out it was...Read More »

1885: The Establishment of Banff National Park

In the mid-1880s, a series of events that would crucially influence the preservation of Canada’s natural beauty happened right here, in the province of Alberta. It is the establishment of Banff National Park, the first of many of its kind that would be found across Canada. Our province’s national...Read More »

A Pet Project: The Criminal Code of Canada

I’ll bet Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, Minister of Justice of Canada in 1892, could never have imagined that a small, personal project could one day become the code upon which justice is determined in Canada.

After its confederation in 1867, Sir John A. Macdonald (photo below), then Prime Minister of...Read More »

The Klondike Gold Rush

When most people think of the Yukon Territory, they think of a barren land of ice and snow which few people want to live in. However, there was a time in history, especially between 1896-1899, when people flocked to the Yukon in the thousands from around North America.

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The Man Who Sparked The Klondike Gold Rush

Who would like to move to Yukon? Surprisingly, from 1896 to 1899, more than 100,000 people migrated to Yukon, which at the time was considered as an unprecedented amount of immigration. Why did all these people all of a sudden move to the Yukon Territory, I hear you ask? We...Read More »

Frank Slide

I still remember clearly that night in fourth grade that I spent in my sleeping bag on the main floor of the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (one of the stops on our Southern Alberta History Tour). It was all so fascinating to me – more than 90 tonnes of limestone...Read More »

The Publication of Anne of Green Gables

Since its publication in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has become a hallmark of Canadian literature and culture.

For those unfamiliar, the story is set in Prince Edward Island, within the fictional town of Avonlea. Red-haired, freckled, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed orphan, Anne Shirley, is mistakenly sent to the...Read More »

The First Calgary Stampede

Before the Calgary Stampede was the “greatest outdoor show on earth,” it was simply an idea born from a city kid who had long since dreamt of the cowboy way of life. Inspired by agricultural exhibitions dating back to 1886 and matched with his desire to...Read More »

Women's Suffrage

It’s stating the obvious to say that Canada has changed since 1917. Look at us. In just a century, we’ve already completed so many things. In my opinion, the most influential event that took place during the years of 1917-1922 was women gaining their right to vote.

In our world today, millions of diabetics lead normal lives, different from everyone else only in that they may need insulin injections sometimes. We may not think about it much today, but there was an incredible upheaval behind the invention of insulin treatment, a story that is distinctly Canadian.

One of...Read More »

A Great Depression, yet Great Innovation

October 29, 1929:

The New York Stock Exchange has crashed. Rapid inflation has led to even steeper deflation and in turn, people are losing money faster than they can even begin to realize. The Great Depression is coming: a time when unemployment hits rock bottom, a time when all the world...Read More »

A Great Canadian: David Suzuki

Some may know him from his 11th Hour Documentary, others know him as the host of the CBC TV program The Nature of Things. A Canadian scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster, David Suzuki is a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is best recognized for his successful efforts to...Read More »

The Birth of Air Canada

The airplane has become one of the indispensable ways for modern people to travel. It not only brings us to all parts of the world but also the fastest way of transportation. Because the airplanes travel to different countries, it has become the symbols of countries.

Air Canada is the largest...Read More »

Canada in WW2

As it is 2017, Canada is 150-years-old! 150 years, that is how long our great country has stood and I am here to take you on a trip down memory lane, reminding you of five specific years in Canada’s history. And, surprise, surprise, I’ve chosen the years 1942-1947,...Read More »

A New Era

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, after the enactment of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1867, I have prepared this article to celebrate one of the important turning points for Canadians to have experienced from not that long ago, only 65 years.

It was Winter of 1952,...Read More »

Maurice "the Rocket" Richard and the Dynasty of the Montreal Canadiens

The first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in 50 games. The first player to reach 500 career goals. The original league-wide leader in goals. One of the greatest hockey players of all time.

When it came to professional hockey of the 1940s and 1950s, there simply did not...Read More »

The Independence of Canada

What constitutes a nation? A state, independent from the influence of other nations–sovereignty?  Perhaps it could be said that the most important component, although quite a cliche, is that its people must be held collectively under a specific title (i.e. classification) that is not a direct derivative of any other...Read More »

Vive le Quebec!

There was once a time when Quebec was less than 2% away from becoming independent to all of Canada.

While Quebec’s independence movement may be well known across of Canada (especially in the education system), the fundamental reasons why may not be so clear to most people. It actually...Read More »

Revolutionizing the Donut Hole

History was certainly made in 1976 for Canadians. From Sylvia Ostry being appointed Canada’s first female Deputy Minister, to the CN tower opening in Toronto, to the Montreal Summer Olympic games. Undoubtedly, 1976 will be remembered for centuries. But one event stands out above all else: the introduction...Read More »

The Marathon of Hope

When asked to think about the most influential people in Canadian history, Terry Fox is often one of the names that come to mind. Thirty-six years later, Terry is still considered a national hero… And for good reason. Terry’s story of strength, courage, and determination is one like...Read More »

1984... A Summer of... Hallelujah?

Two great pieces of Canadian music were released in 1984: Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams, and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. They sound very different and both have very different ideas but both are staples in Canadian music.

Bryan Adams is maybe the greatest Canadian rock artist after Neil Young. I...Read More »

Calgary's First Pride Parade

“We shall not give up the fight, we have only started.” Sang these brave souls during the rally.

It’s important to remember our history and where we come from. The people who fought for their rights and for the rights of their future children. Read More »

A Canadian Woman in Space

Think of a time when you had the chance to realize a long-standing dream but the odds were stacked against you: this was the case for Canadian neurologist and astronaut, Roberta Bondar. Her childhood dream to be an astronaut was fulfilled in January 1992, where Bondar and six other members left Earth...Read More »

Nunavut Becomes a Territory

In 1999, the map of Canada changed once again.

On April 1, Nunavut became the third Canadian territory. Nunavut was created by separating from the Northwest Territories because the people wanted to have their own government that was more in their control. In fact, Nunavut means “our land”...Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legalized

In 2003, Ontario and British Columbia became the first two provinces to legalize same-sex marriage. Afterwards, all of Canada made same-sex marriage legal with the Civil Marriage Act on July 20th, 2005. With this act, the definitions “husband and wife” was changed to a spouse and the term natural parent to legal parent.  Marriage, though...Read More »

2010 Winter Olympics

I was in Grade 2 at the time. Our principal was a huge hockey fan, so he live-streamed the final parts of the final game between Canada and the USA on a projector during lunch. Now, I’ve always liked the Summer Olympics better, mainly the swimming and the tennis, but...Read More »

An Overview of What Went Down This Year

Ah, 2017, exactly 150 years after Canada first started its confederation. There were many ways to celebrate Canada’s 150 Anniversary throughout the country (like free park passes, the travelling red couch, toonie design contest…), here are them broken down into regional events.


Alberta had the Community Initiatives Program’s (CIP) Alberta...Read More »