Dr. Rudolph Martin Anderson spent seven winters and ten summers north of the Arctic circle in his
career as an Arctic scientist. This documentary salutes his contributions to conservation, Arctic science and cultural knowledge from three different expeditions.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Barkerville, British Columbia that was known not only for money-making opportunities due to fantastic amounts of gold, but also for its cultural openness.
Lois Bentley recalls the Golden Era of Prairie Baseball from 1948 to 1954, as she works to have African-American players Dirk Gibbons and Armando Vazquez, who came north to play for the Brandon Greys, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Cassiar, British Columbia, where in 1952 one of the world's best known asbestos mine was opened. By the 1970s, with a new awareness of the health risks associated with asbestos the future of the Cassiar did not look bright.
This episode of Ghost towns of Canada explores Creighton, Ontario. Creighton was built in the early 1900s by INCO, a short time after they began to mine nickle in the region. By 1916, war demands for tanks, ships, guns and bullets had the mine and the town thriving.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Depot Harbour, Ontario which was built by Canadian lumber giant John Rudolphus Booth as a terminus for his private rail line that transported timber and linked grains farmers in the west to ports on the Atlantic.
This documentary portrays Willi O'Ree, the first person to break the colour barrier in hockey. He made sports history when he joined the Bosten Bruins on January 18, 1958 and is known today as the "The Jackie Robinson of Hockey".
One hundred years ago, the Fraser River Gold Rush opened the door for hundreds of Euro-Americans seeking their fortune. For the indigenous people of British Columbia, this overnight stampede triggered the ebb of a way of life forged on barter and trade. A Forgotten Legacy: Spirit of Reclamation explores the participation and adaptability of British Columbia's Native people as a new economy overtook the land.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores The Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan. This southern stretch of highway is dotted with tiny farming communities, once thriving, now all but abandoned.
This 13-part series introduces the bold characters who pinned their futures on the new world, often winning a niche in the world's temperamental markets, but losing hope of any enduring legacy to the sweeping changes of time. Ghost Towns of Canada reunites one-time residents with the towns they once called home, uncovering the human stories that lay hidden beneath the peeling paint.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Grosse Île, Québec during the time of the potato famine in Ireland. A quarantine station, Grosse Île became home to an Irish immigrant population riddled with typhus.
The Gwa'sala and 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations people lived as two distinct groups along Canada's northwest coast. How A People Live traces their history, from traditions documented by Franz Boas and Edward Sheriff Curtis, the Indian Residential School experience and a forced relocation from traditional territories in 1964, to return visits to their homelands that ignited the healing process and aroused interest in rich cultural traditions.
Based upon the photos from the Japanese-Canadian Centennial Project, this film is a deeply felt personal statement about the cultural heritage of Canada's Japanese community and the problems that it has encountered in Canadian society. It effectively brings a difficult issue into focus for students as well as for the general public.
Based on a historical event recounted by the real-life Ojibway author, George Copway in 1850, Intemperance takes a satirical look at the introduction of "fire-water" to a village on Lake Superior in the early days of colonialism. Though it's a fiction film, the narration is taken directly from Copway's writing, with little editing, so therefore a hybrid.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland. Once an outport along the eastern sea board of Canada, Ireland's Eye could not survive the shifts accompanied Newfoundland's entry into Confederation and was emptied during the 1960s.
This episode of Ghost Towns of Canada explores Nordegg, Alberta where the discovery of coal deposits by German-Jewish businessman Martin Cohen occurred. His plan was to make Nordegg into a garden city, rather than a mining one. Due to circumstance involving the war, Martin Cohen was forced into exile, leaving Nordegg to became one of Alberta's largest mines.