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Off to School - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB524536
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Character Education, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Education, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Special Education
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1958
Running Time:  8:32

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To School by Boat: Children of isolated fishing hamlets along a stretch of British Columbia coastline travel by sea-going bus. Classroom on Rails: In a logging area of northern Ontario, a railway coach brings school to children. Northern Schooldays: Indigenous children at Moose Factory are educated in a residential school.

Please note that this film was produced in 1958 and reflects the attitudes and thinking of its era. To modern audiences, parts of the film may be perceived as offensive, but it must be seen as a cultural product of the era in which it was produced. The perspectives of Canadians (and the NFB) have evolved and become more conscious of Indigenous rights, realities and points of view since the making of the film. Through its rich collection of Indigenous-made films, available at Indigenous Cinema, the NFB continues to strive to challenge stereotypes about Indigenous people and accurately depict the diverse experiences of Indigenous communities.

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