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Action: The October Crisis of 1970

Action: The October Crisis of 1970

| 1 h 27 min

This feature-length documentary looks at those desperate days of October 1970 when Montreal awaited the outcome of FLQ terrorist acts. Using news reports and clips from the time, the film reflects upon the October Crisis and reveals the relief, dismay and defiance people felt when the Canadian army stepped in.

  • director
    Robin Spry
  • script
    Robin Spry
  • producer
    Tom Daly
    Normand Cloutier
    Robin Spry
  • editing
    Shelagh Mackenzie
    Joan Henson
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau


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Ages 13 to 17

History - Canada 1946-1991
History and Citizenship Education - Modernization of Quebec Society (1929-1980)
History and Citizenship Education - Quebec Society Since 1980
Social Studies - Quebec/Federal Relations

Have students write a newspaper article or a TV editorial on one of the major moments from the events of October 1970. Watch or read Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Just Watch Me Speech and discuss the role of Canadian leaders during crisis times. For additional information, consult this website.

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