HISTORY IN OUR SKIES

Archival excerpts, 1930s (5 minutes)

Silent archival footage from the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives includes excerpts from a number of early films documenting the integral role of aircraft of the prairies and outposts across the north.

BUSH PILOT: REFLECTIONS ON A CANADIAN MYTH

Directed by Norma Baily & Bob Lower, 1980 (23 minutes)

For some bush pilots, flying is like playing solo violin at Carnegie Hall. For others, it’s like driving a taxi. The film shows how bush pilots are slowing being replaced. In northern towns built by bulldozers and jet aircraft, the emphasis is not on adapting to the north, but on remaking it in the image of the south.

NORTHLANDER

Directed by Myles & Riel Langlois, 2008 (53 minutes)

On May 10, 1955, a DC-4 crash-landed on the ice floes of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba. The plane was abandoned by the airline, but a small group of local Inuit men believed that the aircraft could be salvaged. For the first time, Northlander tells their amazing story through interviews, photographs and recently discovered 8 mm footage of how the rescue operation was undertaken.

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