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Keen-Eyed Women Volunteer for Aircraft Detection Corps - Second World War

Type: Sound

Reporter Marion Angus describes the work of female ADC plane-spotters in this 1943 radio broadcast. These homefront volunteers sight, recognize (ie. identify) and report aircraft flying overhead.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Japanese Internment Re-examined

Type: Film and Video

Debunking of myth of threat posed by Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War, through interviews with both government officials and victims of internment. Argument that it was in fact the very act of resettling and interning Japanese-Canadians that could have alienated them enough to pose a threat in case of Japanese invasion of the Pacific coast.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Japanese Canadians: Redress Opposition

Type: Film and Video

Canadian war veterans discuss and explain the reasons behind their opposition to reparations for Japanese-Canadians.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Queen Asks Canadian Women to Help War Effort - Canadian Women in the Second World War

Type: Sound

As war breaks out, Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, speaks to Canadian women in this 1939 Armistice Day broadcast about the roles they must play.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Patriotism on the Home Front - Second World War- Fighting From the Home Front

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on patriotism and government propaganda in Canada during the Second World War. Discusses the sacrifices individuals were expected to make to support the war effort and the introduction of Victory Bonds to support wartime expenditures. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1988: Government apologizes to Japanese Canadians

Type: Film and Video

A formal apology and financial compensation package is passed into law for the Japanese-Canadian community, to redress their internment and relocation during the Second World War.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Suffering and Excess Under Siege - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

By July 1759, the British had entrenched their cannons across the river from Quebec City, and General Wolfe was preparing for his long bombardment of the urban centre. In the town itself, ordinary residents suffered starvation while Intendant Bigot lived a lavish lifestyle. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

On Every Front - Canadian Women in the Second World War

Type: DocumentFilm and VideoSound

Canadian women were not allowed to fight during the Second World War but they did just about everything else. Tens of thousands joined the women's divisions of the Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands stepped into jobs in wartime industry. At home and abroad they were welders and pilots, nurses and clerks, the homemakers that kept families together, protecting the home front and the Canadian way of life. These are some of their stories.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Fighting from the Home Front - Second World War- The Crucible

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode about the social and economic effects that the Second World War had on Canada. Discusses the War Measures Act invoked by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1939. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Japanese Canadians: Starting over in Ontario

Type: Sound

Muriel Kitagawa and Hide Shimizu recount their personal experiences in the years of resettlement during the Second World War.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation