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Canada's Reindeer ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523578
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producing Agencies:  Inuk Films Ltd. (Yellowknife)
Subject:  Agriculture, Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1979
Running Time:  24m 45s


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In 1935 a herd of 2,700 reindeer completed a five-year journey from Alaska to north of the Arctic circle. They were imported and re-settled by the Canadian Government in an effort to improve the economic conditions of the Inuit. This film is the story of the trek, the raising of reindeer for saleable meat, its effects upon the people, and the transformation of herding from a primitive art to one using modern technology. The film shows how an ecologically sound, make-work project that started as a gamble ended up a success, generating jobs and money for the local people.

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