This curriculum is written with a decidedly Christian bias. It seeks to dig as far back into history as we could possibly go to trace God’s hand in the establishment of our country.
Over the last 15 years, Lynette has been teaching Canadian History from a Christian perspective, first, to the Homeschool Co-op she belonged to in South Ottawa, and then to other Christian Homeschoolers from Southern Ontario.
Canadian History with New Eyes
Canadian History With New Eyes is a ‘story-based’ History curriculum. It links our history to the marble frieze mounted over the left doorway of the House of Commons.
Covering 200 years of history, this frieze shows King Francis I of France on the left, and King Louis XIV on the right.
It uncovers the stories of the French Protestants (Huguenots) who invested their lives and resources to establish the first colonies in the Atlantic Provinces (Acadia), Quebec and Ontario (New France).
It exposes the reason why this marble frieze represents stories of the persecution of the Huguenots, which started under Francis I and continued under all but one king.
Under Henry IV, not only did the Huguenots gain lasting freedom of worship (which ended after he died), but the freedom to travel and invest in trade. Canada was forged out of the fires of persecution.
In God’s Providence, the Huguenots had a small window of opportunity for 12 years, which gave them freedom to engage in trade in the New World. Their stories are bound up in that frieze which is found over the left doorway of the House of Commons, and displays two figures – King Francis I of France, and King Louis XIV of France.
This Canadian History program is the first of its kind. It is told by telling STORIES through video lessons.
In order to trace God’s hand in the settling of Acadia and New France (Atlantic Provinces , Quebec and Ontario) by the Huguenots, we needed to dig further back into the 1500’s to France and the Reformation.
That allowed us to examine the root of the Settlers relations with the Natives from the beginning, and to trace the changes in relationships between the Natives and the new settlers before the British came on the scene. This is the only way we can understand the Native issues objectively.
Our course: Canadian History… with New Eyes Part 1 consists of 6 Modules. You can access the course by clicking HERE
Our mission is to Educate, Equip and Empower you to make an impact on the Kingdom in the sphere God has ordained for you.
You can only do so by discovering tomorrow’s future from yesterday’s past.
TEACHERS… here is a resource which you can use to teach about our Christian heritage in Canada. All of the information found in the book of the same name, is presented in slide form for classroom use. Get your copy here.
When we look back at history, we see a strong Christian ethos in 1867 when the Fathers of Confederation chose Psalm 72:8 as our national motto: He shall have Dominion also from sea to sea.
With the advent of World War I and the destruction of the Centre Block by fire in 1916, the country relied on God to help them through the crisis.
Many of our teenagers were sent off to war, some of them never to return. They died because they believed in stopping the forces of evil which were sweeping through Europe, so that we could enjoy the liberties that we now enjoy.
When John A Pearson rebuilt the Centre Block by 1920, and the Peace Tower as a memorial to the soldiers lost to WW1 by 1927, Scriptures used in it which acknowledged God as our helper, saw no protests in the street. There was no ‘cancel culture’.
In the Peace Tower, God was recognized as the One Who gives victory; Who loves and promotes the values of justice, righteousness and peace; Who makes wars to cease; Who is good; and Who is a stronghold in the day of trouble.
The plethora of Scripture verses used to memorialize the bravery of the men who gave their lives for our freedom, points to a more Christian society.
By 1960 our then Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker – a Christian, sought to enshrine civil protections in a Canadian Bill of Rights which was the forerunner to our Canadian Bill of Rights. This law, still applies today, but only to Federal Law.
The preamble affirmed that:
- The CANADIAN NATION was founded on the principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions.
- Men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law
- The desire was to enshrine those principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them in a Bill of Rights…
Fast forward to 1982, when Pierre Elliot Trudeau was the Prime Minister and wanted to ‘patriate’ the Canadian Constitution (the power of which was posited in Britain) with a Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In debates about the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which acknowledged that Canada was founded upon principles that recognized the supremacy of God and the rule of law, Pierre Elliot Trudeau had this to say: “I don’t think God gives a damn whether He’s in the constitution or not.”
He went on to express the view that he thought it “strange, so long after the Middle Ages that some politicians felt obliged to mention God in a constitution which is, after all, a secular and not a spiritual document.”
Mr. Trudeau’s intent was to separate politics from religion. His son Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister, has taken the sentiment further by excoriating Christians from the Liberal Party and depriving them of public privileges like the Summer Grants Program of 2018.