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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In the activities for this film, students use the perspective of the Heartland-Hinterland model of economic development to analyze the Canadian National Policy in the North. They brainstorm their own perspective on Canada's North and then create a development timeline as they view Land for Pioneers. After viewing, students, in role, discuss Canada's National Policy from the perspective of different characters in the film and write a position paper expressing their own viewpoint. A second metacognitive activity asks students to explore the overt and covert messages embedded in past and current documentaries on Canada's North.