This is told by engaging video stories to show how God orchestrated the intertwining of the lives of various people, both kings and reformers, to bring about the settling of Canada.
Our premise is that God uses PEOPLE. People perform ACTIONS. These actions are recorded as world EVENTS. These events are taught as HISTORY. BUT they don’t usually tell ALL of the story of how these lives interacted with each other in God’s Providence.
This chronology will show how we fit into the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel Chapter 2. All the nations predicted by God, came to pass even unto the coming of Christ to establish His kingdom on earth.
We will show you through video presentations and interviews by Christian professors of Church History, how God used the cruel Romans to build roads that stretched into Europe so the gospel could travel through Europe into France.
As such, we approach Canadian History as a series of stories of people’s lives and the events they triggered to create HISTORY. We will help you to view Canadian History ‘With New Eyes’.
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.
Most of the research has already been done for this curriculum which chronicles the Christian foundations of Canada from the time of the French monarchs to Confederation, from the nation-building years to the Charter, and from the Charter to present.
This Canadian History program is the first of its kind. 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.
In order to trace God’s hand in the settling of Acadia and New France (Atlantic Provinces , Quebec and Ontario) by the Huguenots, we dug way back into the 1500’s to France and the Reformation.
As a result, our first course is called, The French Connection.
This course 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- just over 400 years ago.
Other Courses ‘In The Works’ include:
- CHWNE – The Native Connection
- CHWNE – The British Connection
- CHWNE – Confederation
- CHWNE – Nation Building
- CHWNE – Christian Influence After The Charter
This is what the content for the entire Curriculum will look like:
The French Connection
Chronological video stories of God’s providence in the people and events He used to Establish Canada.
– The mother of Francis I (Louise of Savoy)
– Francis I and his offspring
– Francis’s sister (Marguerite of Navarre) and her offspring
– Pope Clement VII’s niece (Catherine de Medici)
– The Wars of Religion and the persecution of the Huguenots, and
– The Edict of Nantes
These ALL played specific roles in settling Canada
The Native Connection
This course will answer specific questions:
– What were the initial relationships between the French Huguenots and the Natives?
– When and how did the relationships between settlers and Natives change?
– What were the successes in relationship IN SPITE of their challenges?
– What were the failures in their relationships BECAUSE OF their challenges?
The British Connection
In this course, the British arrive in Acadia and New France. We follow the events of:
– The treaty of Utrecht and the French-Indian Wars
– The dispersion of the Acadians
– The conquest of Quebec
– The influx of Anglicans, Presbyterians and Methodists and their influence on establishing a ‘Protestant ethos’.
This course identifies world events which motivated the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Upper- and Lower- Canada to seek strength in unity.
– The War of 1812
– The Upper Canada Rebellion (1837)
– The Lower Canada Rebellion (1838)
– The American Civil War (1861 -1865)
and other world events which showed their vulnerability.
After Confederation, the new Dominion struggled to establish the framework for governance.
– The Purchase of Rupert’s Land & – The Red River Rebellion
– The sequence of Provinces joining Confederation
– Immigration to ‘new’ provinces
– The Pacific Railway Scandal
– The North-West Rebellion & Louis Riel (1885)
– The Manitoba Schools Question
Social Change & The Charter
This course shows Canada’s adjustment to social change brought about by
– World Wars 1 & 2
– Conscription and Japanese Internment
– The Great Depression
Native and Voting Issues
– The Rise of Socialism
– Quebec Sovereignty & Referendum
– The influence of Pierre Trudeau and The Charter.
Our first course in the curriculum, Canadian History With New Eyes (CHWNE), tells the story of God’s Providence in settling Canada from France and the persecution of His people, The Huguenots.
Canadian History With New Eyes – The French Connection.
From Francis 1 (1515-1547) to Louis XIV (1638-1715)
The French Connection is a ‘story-based’ video 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 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.
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.
Our course: Canadian History With New Eyes – The French Connection consists of 6 Modules.
Module 1: Francis I and His Immediate Family
- Lesson 1: Francis I – Genealogy and Formative years
- Lesson 2: Louise of Savoy and Francis’ Educational Influences
- Lesson 3: Marguerite of Navarre
- Lesson 4: Jeanne d’Albret and Her Legacy Part 1
- Lesson 5: Jeanne d’Albret’s Legacy Part 2
- Lesson 6: Jeanne’s Son- Henry III of Navarre
Module 2: Francis I and The Protestants
- Lesson 1: Jacques Lefevre d’ Etaples
- Lesson 2: Louis de Berquin
- Lesson 3: The King’s Ransom, Vandalism/ The Placard Affair
- Lesson 4: John Calvin, Nicholas Cop & Massacre of The Waldenses
Module 3: Francis and Exploration
- Lesson 1: Jacques Cartier Part 1
- Lesson 2: Jacques Cartier Part 2
- Lesson 3: Jean Francois de La Roque de Roberval
Module 4: Henry II, His Wife – Catherine de Medici, and Wars of Religion
- Lesson 1: Henry II and the Women in His Life
- Lesson 2: Henry II and Persecution of the Protestants
- Lesson 3: Catherine De Medici and Her Sons Francis III & Charles IX
- Lesson 4: Catherine, Henry III and Hercules
- Lesson 5: Catherine De Medici and her Daughter- Marguerite of Valois Part 1
- Lesson 6: Catherine De Medici and her Daughter- Marguerite of Valois Part 2
Module 5: Exploration Under Henry IV (Part 1)
- Lesson 1: Henry of Navarre becomes Henry IV of France/ The Edict of Nantes
- Lesson 2: Henry and the Duke de Sully
- Lesson 3: Aymar de Chaste/ Pierre Chauvin de Tonnetuit/ Francois Grave de Pont
Module 6: Exploration Under Henry IV (Part 2)
- Lesson 1: Pierre du Gua de Monts Part 1 (Acadia)
- Lesson 2: Pierre du Gua de Monts Part 2 (New France)
- Lesson 3: Samuel de Champlain (before 1610)
- Lesson 4: Samuel de Champlain (after 1610)
Frequently Asked Questions
Show consistency in progressing through the course.
Be like the Bereans and do your own research. My prayer is that the information you receive will inspire you to dig deeper than I have gone and find the treasures buried in our Canadian History to the glory of God.
Other Curriculum Resources:
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.