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The Education of the New Canadian

Accession number: 
Production Years: 
1921 to 1923


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
467 (35mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 35mm, VHS, Digibeta.
"Film detailing the role the Department of Education in Saskatchewan is taking in promoting nationalism among school children. Intertitles read: "The Department of Education, Regina, Saskatchewan, has produced this picture of the purpose of showing what Saskatchewan is doing for Canadianization of the West. If we are to build a strong unified Canadian people in this Great Dominion we must solve the problem of racial assimilation." "The pictures that follow show several thousand school children - the majority of non-English parentage - being introduced to the social side of Canadian life at the Field Day Sports held at Sheho, Theodore and Calder, Saskatchewan." "The Grand Parade. Several hundred happy young Canadians born on our liberty loving soil are proudly marching by as their parents - of Ruthenian, German, Polish, Bohemian, etc. descent - gaze with undoubted admiration." "Hundreds of Union Jacks were distributed and the children proudly wave them as the procession passes along". Includes footage of noon lunches, teaching of music using grafanola (record player), lessons in first aid and english are shown as work done by the provincial Department of Education. "Baby Show - Healthy specimens of Canadian childhood. Conservation of child life is being looked after by school nurses working under the Department of Education". Shots of "prize winning babies."

Filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan. here are shots of the sports field day which are seen in greater detail in the film "Nation Building in Saskatchewan : The Ukrainians"