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Built on Agriculture

Source: Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba, Prairie Public Television


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Built on Agriculture is a four-part documentary series that pays tribute to the people who settled the plains of Manitoba and what they achieved. 

  • Part 1 -The Selkirk Settlers: Lord Selkirk’s compassion for the Scottish crofters helped seed the Canadian prairies with a population that helped retain the land for Canada. They faced many struggles surviving the early decades and becoming successful farmers. Because of their success the prairies were then settled by waves of immigrant farmers attracted by free land and fueled by the Canadian Government’s support for the railroad.
    Connected to Grade 4, 5 & 6 Social Studies, Grade 10 Geography, Grade 11 History
  • Part 2 - The Institutions: The Grain Exchange, grain pools, private grain companies and The Canadian Wheat Board all contributed to agriculture growth in Manitoba and western Canada. Women played a major role in establishing agriculture growth and a healthy farm family.
    Connected to Grade 4, 5 & 6 Social Studies, Grade 10 Geography, Grade 11 History
  • Part 3 - The Farmers: Five Manitoba farmers are profiled to give insight into the hardships and variety of modern-day farming. Noted experts comment on the concerns and the opportunities that are part of the modern farmer’s world. Just what is the future of the family farm?
    Connected to Grade 10 Geography
  • Part 4 - Feeding the World: Industry trends, consumer trends, technology, equipment, and climate all will contribute to the future of agriculture in the next century. What has food science contributed? What are science, business and government working toward in the future to produce better, healthier food in larger quantities?
    Connected to Grade 10 Geography

Part 1 - The Selkirk Settlers and Part 3 - The Farmers have both been recognized with Regional Emmy nominations.

Built On Agriculture Part 1 - The Selkirk Settlers

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