ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. - The first episode of a TV mini-series proclaiming it will tell Canadians their story drew ire from many, including the residents of a little town near the site of the first European settlement on Canada's mainland.
A day after the March 26 debut of Canada: The Story of Us, Annapolis Royal Mayor Bill MacDonald took to Facebook to question why the story left out Samuel de Champlain's first settlement at Port-Royal.
The mini-series wipes out three years of history, the multicultural origins of modern Canada, and his town’s designation as the Cradle of Canada, MacDonald told TC Media.
Others took to social media to protest short shrift to First Nations, Acadian and Norse explorers, among other complaints.
CBC replied that there was a reason Port-Royal was not part of the show.
“While some historians have referred to Port-Royal as a permanent settlement, the producers and historians of this series chose to define permanence as demonstrated by Quebec City's continuous population year-round and their ability to endure the harsh winters from 1608 onward, while the previous attempt at Port-Royal was cut short in 1607,” said CBC spokesperson Emma Bédard in a message to TC Media.
CBC’s FAQ outlines why stories were chosen for the series, noting: "Canada: The Story of Us is not intended to be a comprehensive history of Canada."
Here's the Facebook post that launched a controversy: