This first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation has shown us there are countless stories to learn more about the province’s history. To help us keep learning, Knowledge Network, is debuting new docu-series, British Columbia: An Untold History, offering an unflinching look at B.C.’s complex history.
Premiering on October 12, 2021 at 9pm, British Columbia: An Untold History gives viewers a chance to learn about the province’s diverse stories from a more inclusive lens that they may not have known before.
Weekly episodes of the thought-provoking series will take viewers on a journey from the late 18th century and spanning 200 years. The project offers a more inclusive and diverse perspective as told from those who have lived and studied B.C’s shared past and features the voices of authors, historians, Elders, and descendants of historical figures. Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi, Black, and European stories are woven together to present an astute look at the complicated past that shaped B.C. as we know it today.
“So much about what we are taught about our province’s history is learned in school, but there are so many facets to history that do not make the classroom,” said Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO of Knowledge Network. “We wanted to create a series that explores B.C.’s complicated history even further by showcasing stories and amplifying voices that were previously silenced by mainstream interpretations.”
“It was incredibly important to us that the series is as authentic as possible and in order to do so, we interviewed over 70 individuals and researched over 10,000 archives to put this project together, and have developed alongside the series an online history database that is incredibly impressive and in depth,” said Leena Minifie, Producer of British Columbia: An Untold History. “We want this series to be a platform for members of Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian, and Black communities to share some of their stories with an audience who may not have heard them before, and through that allow viewers to take away their own understanding of the past and challenge how they think about our province’s diverse history today.”
British Columbia: An Untold History will air on Knowledge Network, Tuesdays at 9pm, from October 12 to November 2, 2021. The series will also be available to stream for free on knowledge.ca and on the Knowledge Network app