Politics and History
From its beginnings, the National Film Board has tackled social and economic issues. Excerpts in this theme show how documentary film can play a part in social action.
Front of Steel
"I Just Didn't Want to Die": The 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster
"Just One Big Mess": The Halifax Explosion, 1917
Land For Pioneers
On Strike: The Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
Rush for Gold - The Klondike Gold Rush, 1897
"They Didn't Starve Us Out": Industrial Cape Breton in the 1920s
Voice of Action
When Asia Speaks
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The activities in this lesson will help foster, in Grade 11 and 12 students, an understanding of the issues raised in the film On Strike and to promote progressive, democratic values and attitudes regarding Canadian citizenship. Cross-curricular connections include Social Studies, Language Arts, Political Science, Economics, and History. Students will develop inquiry, research, critical thinking, communication, and media literacy skills. Students brainstorm current events around strike action issues; compare the rights of workers in the past and today; research and prepare a debate based on principles in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Labour Code; and write an editorial on the filmmaker's point of view.