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Rosies of the North
1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class...
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Unwanted Soldiers
1999, director: Jari Osborne
For filmmaker Jari Osborne, November 11 was as unremarkable...
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Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure
1997, director: Garth Pritchard
During the final days of the Second World War, an RCAF crew...
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Seven Brides for Uncle Sam
1997, director: Anita McGee
Seven Brides for Uncle Sam documents the stories of...
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Canada Remembers - Part One - Turning the Tide
1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Men and machines begin the move down to the Channel coast of...
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Canada Remembers - Part Two - The Liberators
1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
June to December, 1944. After years of dedication and...
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Canada Remembers - Part Three - Endings and Beginnings
1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Paratroopers dropping down to fight beyond the Rhine ushered...
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In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944
1992, director: Brian McKenna
On June 6, 1944, a combined force of American, British and...
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Film  (46:40) 1999, director: Kelly Saxberg
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They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class fighter planes. Sixty years ago, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies donned trousers, packed lunch pails and took up rivet guns to participate in the greatest industrial war effort in Canadian history. Like many other factories across the country from 1939 to 1945, the shop floor at Fort William's Canadian Car and Foundry was transformed from an all-male workforce to one with forty percent female workers.

Rosies of the North traces the story of a group of women whose lives were changed by their experiences. They describe with wit and humour their role in the production of the Hurricane and Helldiver fighter planes.

The film also tells the remarkable story of Elsie MacGill, Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry, the first woman in Canada to graduate with an engineering degree and the first woman in the world to design an airplane.

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