Westward Trek - Episode 2: Elder in the Making Series
Catalogue Number: HS0002
Producer: Hidden Story Productions Ltd.
Producing Agencies: Hidden Story Productions Ltd.
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 13:09
Closed Captions: Yes
Canadian politicians feared American expansionism which would hem Canada into the north-east corner of the continent, unable to access the rich resources of the Prairies and making it near impossible to attract new immigrants to boost the populations and drive commerce. Western expansion was now seen as a vital part of Canada's economic future. With the acquisition of Rupert's Land and the building of the railway, the Canadian government needed to address any and all Aboriginal claims to the land. To link the country meant building through Blackfoot country. The North West Mounted Police were sent to secure the land. Treaties were negotiated and signed. Promises were made. Life for the Blackfoot changed dramatically.
Official Selection – Calgary International Film Festival
Official Selection – American Indian Film Festival, 2015
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