Hugh’s Story

Hugh McNair illustration


Once, unions weren’t legal. But in 1872, Hugh’s printer friends strike for a nine-hour workday. Afterwards, John A. Macdonald embraces unions — he wants their support!

Hugh keeps fighting for worker’ rights and at 72, advises workers to join the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919!

Hugh McNair is a fictional character but was inspired by the stories of real people just like him!

Learn about a real Canadian who made a difference!


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What Will Your Story Be?

The choices the Class of ’67 made helped to create the Canada we know today. What will your generation do? What problems will you solve? What technology will you invent? What barriers will you break?

Write a short article or draw a picture, and share it with us on social media or at We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


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Look back at Hugh’s Story


  • Are there any similarities between Hugh and yourself? What about your life is the same? What is different?
  • As a kid, Hugh spent any time not in school helping his father to earn money for the family. How do you think it felt to have so much responsibility at a young age?
  • What do you think mattered most for Hugh? Justice for everyone or a personal sense of security?
  • What challenges did Hugh face? How did he overcome them?
  • Do you think Hugh was happy with the way his story turned out?


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What Would Your Future Be?


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