Painting illustrating a meeting between Jacques Cartier and the First Peoples at Stadacona (Quebec City).

© 2006, Musée de la civilisation, Collection of the Séminaire de Québec.

Introduction

Global interaction, an historical phenomenon, can evoke a symphony whose sections are sometimes in harmony and at other times, badly orchestrated…Borrowing from a musical vocabulary, sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant, this collection proposes three learning objects introducing three different time periods. The first object Prelude: Great Discoveries shows the influence that First Peoples and Europeans, and then Canadians, had on each other from the beginning of the colony until today as seen in artefacts. The second object To the beat of the Industrial Revolution deals with the second half of the 19th century, a period when commercial trade intensified in Canada. Finally, the third object Crescendo Towards an Equitable 21st Century? offers a reflection on the present-day phenomenon of globalization.

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