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The Grasslands Project

Ten short films provide a warm look at the communities of Canada's grasslands.

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The Grasslands Project includes the following titles:

The Grasslands Project - A Ranchers View - imageThe Grasslands Project - A Ranchers View

Miles Anderson is in a tough spot. The land he ranches has been in his family for over a hundred years, but it’s bordered on three sides by an expanding Grasslands National Park and its conservation imperative.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 8 minutes
The Grasslands Project - After the Fire - imageThe Grasslands Project - After the Fire

Small rural communities rely on their volunteer firefighters to handle any emergencies.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 10 minutes
The Grasslands Project - Generations - imageThe Grasslands Project - Generations

Many small communities are losing their young people, attracted to careers away from the farm.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 8 minutes
The Grasslands Project - Homecoming - imageThe Grasslands Project - Homecoming

Across the Prairies, annual celebrations take place in countless small communities.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 7 minutes
The Grasslands Project - Life out Here - imageThe Grasslands Project - Life out Here

Ranching and farming are male-dominated industries. But women have a strong voice in the operations, and some women have been running their own ranches for decades.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 12 minutes
The Grasslands Project - No Other Place - imageThe Grasslands Project - No Other Place

The landscape of the southern Prairies is spectacular, and has influenced artists for thousands of years.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 9 minutes
The Grasslands Project - Population 21 - imageThe Grasslands Project - Population 21

Wood Mountain is literally a bend in the road. It’s lost all four of its grain elevators, the railway was torn up, the old hotel is in ruins, and the school has been closed for a decade

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 9 minutes
The Grasslands Project - The Last One - imageThe Grasslands Project - The Last One

These small farms are a thing of the past,” laments Herb Pidt, whose family homesteaded on this land in the 1920s.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 6 minutes
The Grasslands Project - Val Marie Hotel - imageThe Grasslands Project - Val Marie Hotel

Aline Laturnus puts in long hours to keep the Val Marie hotel running. Breakfast is at seven a.m., and some nights the bar doesn’t close until two. This hotel is more than just a business: it’s the hub of the community,

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 10 minutes
The Grasslands Project - les Fransaskois - imageThe Grasslands Project - les Fransaskois

The southern Prairies are overwhelmingly anglophone, yet a strong and vibrant francophone population persists in the small rural communities that dot this landscape.

Natl Film Board of Canada | 2016 | 8 minutes

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