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Survival in the Bush

Survival in the Bush

| 30 min
On the Spot
On the Spot
1950 20 films

The first NFB series made specifically for television, On the Spot consisted of 15-minute documentary reports (which later ran 30 minutes) on different aspects of life in Canada.


This short documentary illustrates what to do when you're lost in the bush. Filmed in 1954, an NFB producer and a Native guide allow themselves to be marooned in the bush with only an axe and their wits as means of survival. They eat off the land, build their own birchbark canoe and make their way out.

  • director
    Bernard Devlin
  • producer
    Robert Anderson
  • narrator
    Robert Anderson
  • photography
    Doug McKay
  • editing
    David Mayerovitch
    Angus Baptiste


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Ages 12 to 17

Physical Education - Outdoor Education

Students will immediately recognize that much of the advice offered is dated. Ask them to identify what information is still relevant and valuable today. Identify the information that is outdated, suggesting more modern technological solutions to some of the problems encountered by the men in the film.

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