Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

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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.

Barkerville, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

Barkerville, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Box of Treasures

Box of Treasures

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This film takes a look at the opening of the U'mista Cultural Centre, a world-class museum in Alert Bay, British Columbia built by the Kwakwaka'wakw people.

The Boys Who Came to Play

The Boys Who Came to Play

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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.

Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit

Canadian Steel, Chinese Grit

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This documentary, released for distribution in November 2000, delves into the history of the Chinese workers without whom Canada's national railway could never have been realized.

The Canneries

The Canneries

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The Canneries is a historical exploration of the salmon canning industry along the coast of British Columbia.

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

CARRY THE FIRE: The Life and Time of Raoul McKay

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This tribute to Métis leader Raoul McKay (1934-2014) pays tribute to a prolific storyteller, filmmaker, educator and leader who advocated tirelessly for the rights of Indigenous people both in his home province of Manitoba and across Canada.

Cassiar, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

Cassiar, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Creighton, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

Creighton, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Depot Harbour, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

Depot Harbour, Ontario • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Le drapeau: lorigine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

Le drapeau: l'origine de la nation (La Voix des Mechif, Series 1) 

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The Métis flag is the oldest Indigenous flag in the Northwest, dating back to 1816. As a young woman in Winnipeg reseraches her family roots, she learns about the early history of the Métis or Mechif people as they area also known.

Echoes in the Rink: The Willie ORee Story

Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O'Ree Story

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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".

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

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Documentary on notorious activist Paul Watson. Explores the birth of the modern environmental movement and the founding of Greepeace and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Ednas Bloodline

Edna's Bloodline

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Edna Elias, the former Commissioner of Nunavut Canada, received an email from Fredrik Norberg, a distant relative in Sweden. He wanted to learn more about Petter Norberg, Edna's great grandfather who had left Sweden in the late 1800's and then settled in Canada's far North.

 

Finding Our Way

Finding Our Way

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Three 30-minute films, made in partnership with two First Nations bands in the Carrier territory of north central British Columbia, describe conflict over land and sovereignty and ask if there is a way forward.

A Forgotten Legacy: Spirit of Reclamation

A Forgotten Legacy: Spirit of Reclamation

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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.

Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan • Ghost Towns of Canada

Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Ghost Towns of Canada (13 Parts)

Ghost Towns of Canada (13 Parts)

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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.

Glowing in the Dark

Glowing in the Dark

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Glowing in the Dark captures the energy and vitality of neon--one of the oldest and most effective forms of advertising.

Grosse Île, Québec • Ghost Towns of Canada

Grosse Île, Québec • Ghost Towns of Canada

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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.

Henrys Glasses

Henry's Glasses

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In this short drama, a young boy in a Japanese Canadian internment camp comes to understand how sharing something beautiful can help another to cling to hope in the darkest moments.

The Hollow Tree

The Hollow Tree

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Documentary follows the bizarre saga of eccentric and passionate citizens who stand against gravity, decay and bureaucracy in order to save a thousand-year-old cedar tree from annihilation.

How a People Live

How a People Live

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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.

Images of the First Hundred Years

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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.

Intemperance

Intemperance

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Based on a historical event recounted by the Ojibway author, George Copway in 1851, Intemperance takes a satirical look at the introduction of "fire-water" to a village on Lake Superior in the early days of colonialism. The film is fiction with narration taken directly from Copway's writing and reveals a tale as morally complex today as it was over a hundred years ago.