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The Grasslands Project - Population 21

The Grasslands Project - Population 21

| 9 min

This short documentary from The Grasslands Project is a portrait of Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan. The town has lost all four of its grain elevators, the railway was torn up, the old hotel is in ruins, and the school has been closed for a decade. One of the only attractions left is the community hall, which, on a scant few weekends out of the year, can still get crowded. Meanwhile, to the handful of kind souls who still live in the village, there are good reasons to call Wood Mountain home.

  • writer
    Scott Parker
  • director
    Scott Parker
  • producer
    David Christensen
  • cinematography
    Scott Parker
  • editor
    Scott Parker
  • music composer
    Aaron Macri
  • music performer
    Aaron Macri
  • sound mix engineer
    John Blerot
  • on-line colourist
    Joe Owens
  • social media coordinator
    Kristin Catherwood
  • transcription
    Patricia Garry
    Sharon Murphy
  • title animation
    Kim Clegg
  • production coordinator
    Jasmine Pullukatt
    Faye Yoneda
  • production assistant
    Edie Klein
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Bree Beach
    Ginette D'Silva
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen
  • director of English programming
    Michelle van Beusekom


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Ages 13 to 18

Geography - Territory: Agricultural
Media Education - Documentary Film
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

In this short documentary from The Grasslands Project, residents of Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, talk about the town now that the grain elevators, railway, school and hotel have been closed. This film can be used to prompt class discussions, essays or research projects. What events or forces caused the most profound changes in farming communities over the past century? What were the results of those changes, positive or negative? Why did the grain elevators shut down in Wood Mountain? What are some other Canadian towns that have had their main source of employment taken away? Where do the majority of jobs come from in your community?

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