Complete CNDF Masterlist - Every Round, Debate Resource, Video on the Internet
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Compiled by Rena Su; last updated 10/17/2020
CNDF (which stands for Canadian National Debate Format) is a rather rare format outside of Canadian circuits. Therefore, it is hard to find recorded rounds or written resources. At Equal Proposition, we believe in sharing all the debate resources we can come by. I’ve attached every single public round, demo video, written guide, and useful site about CNDF that I can find on after several hours of searching.
I aim to update this whenever I can find new resources. If you have a CNDF-related resource that you would like to be featured, don’t hesitate to contact us!
This list is organized into:
1. Individual Debate Rounds and/or Speeches
These are CNDF rounds that have been recorded both at tournaments and in classrooms
The quality in terms of both recording and skill between each video may vary
They are sorted by tournament, year, and round.
2. Other Videos
This section is composed of other video-based resources that may be helpful but are not full round recordings
These are a few written guides that may be helpful
Some are third party, while others are written by the staff at EP
4. Potentially Useful Sites
This section consists of mostly debating associations in Canada
Many of these sites are where you can find tournament opportunities
These are ordered from most recent to least.
Queen's Tournament 2017 - Semi Final
UBC Fall Tournament 2016 - Grand Final
Queen's Tournament 2016 - Grand Final
Queen's Tournament 2016 - Semi Final
Queen's Tournament 2016 - Octofinal
UBC Fall Tournament 2015
Opposition 1 - Summary is missing
DebateNeverEnds Demo 2013
CNDF National Championship 2008 - Playlist
A channel of older Canadian Nation Debate Format rounds from 2013-2014. The timings are different as they followed the older CNDF timings of 8 minute constructive and 4 minute summary speeches. Nevertheless, it is still a good resource to use. There are a few demo rounds and some recorded speeches from tournaments.
CNDF Introduction and Breakdown - Sask. Debate
This is a video that gives a general overview of what CNDF debate is like. It gives a very simple and straightforward explanation. To see another fresh take on CNDF, you can also read our article here.
CNDF Explained - Vancouver Debate
This video briefly goes over the CNDF format as well. It is an animated explainer video and covers the bare necessities needed for the format.
Fulford Debate - Canadian National Debating Format Speaker Roles
And of course, we’ll be continuously updating our own resources at our Equal Proposition debate database. Some of our current CNDF-related articles include:
CNDF Basics Series
Our CNDF Basics Series is a starter kit the Canadian National Debate Format. It introduces some of the most important concepts of the format and brings you much of what you'll need to understand a CNDF round and begin participating.
CNDF Basics 1 - Debrief into CNDF
CNDF Basics 2 - Guide to Generating Arguments
CNDF Basics 3 - How to Write Arguments
CNDF Basics 4 - Guide to Rebuttals/Refutations
CNDF Basics 5 - Guide to Summary Speeches
CNDF Basics 6 - Framing and Modelling
CNDF Basics 7 - Flowing Guide (i.e. Taking Notes During Rounds)
Potentially Useful Sites for CNDF
Alberta Debate and Speech Association
Canadian Student Debate Federation
Canadian University Society For Intercollegiate Debate
Debate and Speech Association BC
Ontario Student Debating Union
Saskatchewan Elocution & Debate Association
Was this list shorter than expected? The lack of CNDF resources was actually one of the things that prompted the start of EP! We're working on extending this list by creating resources ourselves. Of course, if you have any of your own resources that you would like to share, don't hesitate to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or @equalproposition on Instagram!