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Alexander Mackenzie: The Lord of the North

Alexander Mackenzie: The Lord of the North

| 27 min
The History Makers
The History Makers
1964 6 films

From the most intrepid explorers to the fathers of Confederation, this series of 17 half-hour episodes tells the compelling early history of our great country.


Filmed on the great Mackenzie River, this short fiction film recreates the amazing voyage of the man who gave his name to it. Following the path outlined in Mackenzie's journal, the film depicts his arduous journey by canoe all the way to the salt water of the Arctic Ocean - one of the great epics of northern exploration.

  • director
    David Bairstow
  • script
    David Bairstow
  • producer
    Richard Gilbert
  • executive producer
    Guy Glover
  • camera
    Robert Humble
  • editing
    Dennis Sawyer
  • sound editing
    Sidney Pearson
  • re-recording
    George Croll
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn
  • cast
    Don Francks


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Ages 10 to 13

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - The Arctic
History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics

Trace Mackenzie’s journey on the map. How was his voyage important for Canada? How different would the expedition be today – i.e.: navigation; travel; food and shelter? Study the fur trade between Europeans and Native communities. Do you consider Mackenzie to be a hero? Determine Mackenzie’s beliefs / attitudes about Aboriginal people. Perform parts of the film as a skit; research famous explorers; study children’s novels about travel in the north (e.g. Farley Mowat).

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