National dialogue participants were presented with a timeline produced during previous dialogues. The timeline was included in the dialogue handbook and reproduced geographically as an 18 foot poster and posted on the wall. Participants were asked to make any additions to the timeline where they saw glaring gaps, and to reflect on trends and patterns in Canadian history.
Notes from the timeline exercise were entered into Wordle, an online tool for generating "beautiful word clouds" from text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. This word cloud illustrates the words that were shared most frequently in the timeline exercise of the dialogue.