The Project

Neil Orford and Blake Heathcote recognized the gap between how Canada’s history has been taught and commemorated for generations, and what 21st-century digital tools and storytelling skills could make possible. They could imagine the thousands of stories across the country waiting to be rediscovered and shared. And they could see how Canadians could crowd-source this incredible heritage. Inspired by their shared vision, they founded Defining Moments Canada to bridge that gap.

For this first initiative, they are leading a national commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic in Canada. This innovative project is for students, teachers, museums, and community partners. In fact, it’s for anyone who wants to be a part of telling great stories about Canada’s remarkable past.

The Pandemic was one of the most catastrophic events in history, and yet it has been all but overlooked or forgotten. The Spanish Flu changed Canada, and we want you to join us in finding stories about those people who were impacted by the Pandemic, and about those women and men who helped forge changes in our country by their responses to it. Our great gift was inheriting this country and its heritage. Let’s honour that gift by sharing its stories.

We wish to thank the Ministry of Canadian Heritage for their generous support.

Government of Canada