This film tells the story of the Red River settlement, now the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The pioneer venture of Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk, to establish a colony brought opposition from the North West Company, the Hudson's Bay Company’s powerful rival. A fine cast of actors portrays the ensuing dispute.
Ages 14 to 15
History - Early Colonization/Settlement
This film can be screened in history class to illustrate the early days of colonization in Canada. The teacher may also want to use the film to explore historical topics such as the Seven Oaks Massacre. Students can also use it as the starting point for a research project on the Earl of Selkirk.