CBC/Radio-Canada to Celebrate Canada 150 in 2017 With Special Programming and Public Events to Inspire All Canadians

June 28, 2016, Ottawa

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CBC/Radio-Canada is putting the national public broadcaster at the heart of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, helping inspire our nation to define itself for the next century.

“2017 will be an important milestone in the history of our country: a time for Canadians to connect and to share stories about who we are and where we are headed as a nation,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “The public broadcaster will provide the public space where Canadians can share their stories, ideas and perspectives, and where they can engage with one another from coast to coast to coast.”

CBC/Radio-Canada is the largest Canadian online media destination, reaching millions of Canadians every month through our websites, suite of apps and extensive network of social channels. The public broadcaster invites Canadians to join us in creating a national collection of content that will be shared on our digital platforms and social channels throughout 2017.

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2017 PARTNERS & EVENTS

CBC/Radio-Canada is deepening its connections with Canadian communities, working with partners to develop a series of dynamic public events across the country:

  • CBC/Radio-Canada is the Official Broadcast Partner of SESQUI, a Signature Initiative of Canada 150, poised to lead the celebrations in Canadian communities in 2017. It is an immersive media touring experience that will travel across the country in 2017, engaging Canadians through an original 360° film, interactive content, live events, online activities and education programs showcasing the best in Canadian culture and innovation. This will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experience Canada like it’s never been experienced before.

  • CBC/Radio-Canada is an Official Partner of the 150ALLIANCE, an open network of organizations, groups and individuals working to make the most out of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. CBC/Radio-Canada will tap into the 150Alliance’s national network to highlight the diverse array of events and activities taking place in every province and territory for Canada’s sesquicentennial.

  • CBC/Radio-Canada is also an Official Partner of Community Foundations of Canada and its national network of 191 community foundations. Leveraging the deep local roots community foundations have from coast to coast to coast, CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase the stories and impact of their work, including the local initiatives being funded through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

  • CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to announce CIBC as the first lead partner of Canada 150 in 2017, corresponding with the bank’s own 150th birthday. Details around the partnership will be announced at a later date.

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS*

CBC and Radio-Canada are each creating robust lineups of 2017-themed programming across all platforms that will provide audiences an opportunity to discover and share the diverse perspectives of Canadians across the country who shape who we are today; challenging stereotypes and creating a vision of Canada’s future together.

The offer will include programming from all content areas, including documentaries, news specials, radio programs, kids programs, entertainment and arts specials, and innovative digital and virtual reality initiatives. *(Comprehensive and complete programming information and broadcast schedules to be announced at a later date.)

Here are a couple of highlights:

  • Starting with coverage of this year’s CANADA DAY celebrations across the country, the Corporation’s English and French news services will take a lead role in covering the Canadian stories that continue to unfold across the countdown to January 1st and throughout 2017, with additional special 2017-themed news programs along the way.

  • CBC News kicks off its coverage by inviting Canadians to share their personal stories about what defines Canada to them. Throughout 2017, CBC will offer multiple interactive programming experiences with these stories, reflecting the country back to our audiences in surprising new ways.

  • CBC highlights include CANADA: THE STORY OF US, an epic ten-part television history series that tells the extraordinary story of the people, places and events that have shaped our country. It's the stories of Indigenous peoples and immigrants; pioneers and rule breakers; and scientists and entrepreneurs who forged a nation in a vast and harsh land. The series will combine fact-based drama with stunning CGI animation, and feature interviews with Canada's most important national figures; and a digital-first series called BECOMING CANADIAN, that will focus on stories from the 250,000 new Canadians who will take the Oath of Citizenship this year.

  • Radio-Canada presents LA GRANDE TRAVERSÉE, a television adventure series that gives ten young adventurers the opportunity to recreate the epic ocean voyage of the settlers from France to Quebec, on a classic three-mast yacht; and Stanley Vollant: De Compostelle à Kuujjuak, in collaboration with Radio-Canada’s regional centres, a two-part mini-series that tells the story of Stanley Vollant, the first Indigenous surgeon in Quebec, known for his walk, Innu Meshkenu, which aims at raising Indigenous people’s awareness of healthy living.

  • CBC Radio One and ICI Radio-Canada Premiere will partner to launch a national initiative – What’s Your Story?/La Route des 20 – that will recruit young diverse Millennials to tell the contemporary story of Canada across all platforms throughout 2017.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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