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Saturday April 29, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm On Guard For Thee (Canada during the War)
1:00pm –   3:00pm Native Land (Canada’s indigenous peoples)
4:00pm –   6:00pm Glowing Hearts (Canadian pride and culture)
7:00pm –   9:00pm Far and Wide (The length and breadth of our nation)

Sunday April 30, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm Terre de nos aïeux, (French Canada)
1:00pm –   3:00pm Glorious and Free (Struggle for equal rights)
4:00pm –   6:00pm See Thee Rise (Canada’s influence in the world)
7:00pm –   9:00pm O Canada! (Celebrating our unique identity)

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(Canada during the War)

Saturday April 29, 2017

10:00am – 12:00pm

Trans-Canada Express (1944, 19 minutes, NFB)
Celebrating the contribution of Canada’s railroads to the war effort. The film includes a sequence from Buster Keaton's 1926 silent comedy The General, as well as a re-enactment of Lord Strathcona driving the final spike into the Canadian Pacific Railway Line.

Children from OverseasChildren from Overseas (1940, 10 minutes, NFB)
A WWII film about children evacuated from Britain and sent to Canada for their safety.  The closing sequence shows them learning to ski and skate and preparing for Christmas in their new homes.

Canada Remembers Part One: Turning the Tide (1995, 53 minutes, NFB)
Documents the years between the outbreak of WWII in September 1939 and June 1944.  It focuses on both the Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought in the war and the women who became part of the war effort, either by enlisting or by going to work in the factories and shipyards.

Front Lines - Nurses at the Front (2008, 8 minutes, NFB)
Looks at the role of nurses and health workers during wartime.  More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned.

letters from oversaesLetter from Overseas (1943, 14 minutes, NFB)
A letter from a soldier stationed in Britain during World War II is sent home to his parents in Canada. The letter is illustrated with scenes of military life - training, assault courses and recreation along with combat scenes from the Dieppe and Bruneval raids.

Churchill's Island (1941, 21 minutes, NFB)
This film won the NFB its first Oscar® and was also the first documentary to win this coveted award.

O Canada: Glowing Hearts (1979, 2 minutes, NFB)
A rousing rendition of our National Anthem.