Growing Up Canadian: Family

Growing Up Canadian: Family

| 46 min

Canadians of all ages tell stories of growing up with mom, dad, siblings and even the family pet. From making underwear out of flour sacks to scrounging for coal, most Canadian families were poor for the first half of the 20th century. Set against the backdrop of a country moving from rural dominion to urban nation, this episode follows changes in family homes, cars and neighbourhoods.

Throughout the episode, stories of family rituals, rules and discipline highlight dramatic cultural changes in the century.

Family is one of a 6-part series entitled Growing Up Canadian. These documentaries explore the myths and realities of Canadian childhood through family life, schooling, work, play, health and the media. The series marks the contribution of childhood and youth experience in defining Canada as it grew into full nationhood in the 20th century.

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  • executive producer
    Sheila Petzold
    Ken Stewart
    Marcel Clément
  • producer
    Hoda Elatawi
  • director
    Susan Terrill
  • writer
    Susan Terrill
  • participant
    Tony Asimakopoulos
    Brent Bambury
    Lundy Befrene
    Henry Bishop
    Anna Bonokoski
    Carl Brewer
    Marilyn Buffalo
    Kathryn Burke
    Hinson Calabrese
    Herménégilde Chiasson
    Melanie Doane
    Ken Dryden
    Misa Friesen-Kobayashi
    Mabel Geary
    Barbara Gowdy
    Denis Guertin
    Jack Harrison
    Elizabeth Hillman
    William Patrick Kinsella
    Joy Kogawa
    Myrna Kostash
    Clare Laking
    Christina Lamey
    Steven Lonsdale
    Greg Malone
    Denis F. Mildon
    Matthew Mitchell
    Bob Mellor
    Aiko Murakami
    James Pattison
    Mary Pratt
    Mary Sexton
    Karen Shopsowitz
    Maurice Strong
    Carolyn Thomas
    Hellie Wilson
    Caroline Woodside
    Jamie Zeppa
  • narrator
    Becky Rynor
  • director of photography
    Karl Roeder
  • music composer
    Andrew Huggett
  • archival research
    Vivian Hanwell
    Kate Keating
    Kate Yule
    Erin Brophy
    Jillian Pranger
  • research
    Helen Dundass
    Jody Nassr
    Isobel Ripley
  • content consultant
    Barbara Freeman
    David McDonald
  • sound engineer
    Robin Dumas
  • sound recordist
    Eldy Gouthro
    Peter Kettlewell
    Kate Kechnie
    Larry MacDonald
    Jane Porter
    Vaughn Rowsell
    Don Stewart
    Douglas von Rosen