Unmasking Influenza

Unmasking Influenza’s suite of educational initiatives has been created to capture the social and political impact on Canada of the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed more than 50,000 Canadians, and to shed light on how prepared we are for the next great pandemic.

Feature Article in Canadian Geographic magazine (September/October 2018 issue)

Written by renowned Canadian journalist, author and playwright Alanna Mitchell, The outbreak and its aftermath examines how the virus started, how widely it impacted Canada and what the pandemic can teach us about how modern society will be able to cope with the next inevitable, and totally unpredictable, flu pandemic.

Live Public Discussion (September 20, 2018)

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Esyllt Jones, a professor of history at the University of Manitoba, discuss the impacts of the Spanish Flu 100 years ago and its impacts today. Hosted by Alanna Mitchell and sponsored by Seqirus, the discussion was taped in front of a live audience by CPAC and will premiere on Sunday, December 9th at 10PM.

Full-length Feature Documentary

Dramatically navigating between two parallel timelines, Unmasking Influenza presents the chronological unfolding of events and the crippling effects of the Spanish Flu in 1918, and how these devastating effects would be addressed in 2018 if a similar flu pandemic were to occur. The documentary will premiere on CPAC Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

Giant Floor Map

The Unmasking Influenza interactive Giant Floor Map enables students to learn about the geography of a virus and visualize how a pandemic spreads from one country to another. Measuring 11 metres by 8 metres, this giant map highlights the spread of Spanish Flu around the world and in Canada, and will take classrooms to a new level of learning with 10 ready-to-use lesson packages and a variety of tactile teaching tools.

To find out more about the map and how to reserve one for your school, visit Canadian Geographic Education’s website.

Six Explainer Videos

Sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur, these informative shorts focus on some of the past and present realities associated with pandemics.

Spanish Flu Public Exhibit

An eight-panel exhibit, accompanied with archival film & artifacts, provides an experiential insight into the history of the Spanish Flu in Canada. The exhibit, which is being produced in collaboration with the Museum of Health Care, will be formally launched in Ottawa at the Canadian Immunization Conference 2018 in December.

After the conference, this will evolve into a travelling exhibit through a partnership with Ingenium. For the next three years, this exhibit will access their network of museums and science centers across the country, as well as libraries and community centres.