Rediscovering Canada – Extraordinary Histories
“The Coexistence of Founding Peoples”
Where do we as a people define our history… define where and how our country began? My recollections of my grade school history was blurred by the stories of other countries namely, England and the US. We as Canadians seem to know more about the United States and the declaration of independence than Pierre Dugua de Mons entering Baie Française (the Bay of Fundy) in June of 1604.
The winter of 1604-1605 on Saint Croix Island (near Saint Andrews, New Brunswick) was a cruel one for Sieur de Mons’ French expedition which included cartographer Samuel Champlain. When winter descended, the French were iced in by freezing temperatures and cut off from fresh water and game. Thirty-five settlers of seventy nine died a lingering death from scurvy, and were buried in a small cemetery on Saint Croix Island. As spring arrived and the indigenous peoples traded game for bread, the health of those remaining improved.
The colony moved to more suitable land on the south shore of Baie Française at Port Royal in 1605 in present day Nova Scotia.
To put this all in context… this was two years before the Jamestown settlement and three years before the founding of Quebec and a whole fifteen years before the Puritans landed at Plymouth.
To what extent can we identify the development of our Canadian identity through our collective history? We have to examine the coexistence of our founding peoples, whether it be Indigenous, French, Scots, or English or the multitude of other groups who have helped create modern Canada.
This film will explore the tiny area located in Nova Scotia between the locations of the first “habitation”, Port Royal along what is arguably the first road to be built in Canada east to the town of Annapolis Royal.
Through reconstruction experimental archeology, our host Christopher Cooper, will demonstrate techniques of how buildings were built by the French in the early 17th century. We will visit the reconstructed 1605 Port Royal Habitation and Fort Anne, Canada’s oldest continuously-operated National Historic Site. Christopher will also visit with some of the people and characters who passionately share the story of the vast and sometimes complex history of the area.
We hope that this film will bring to light how important our Canadian history is in the shaping of the Americas and instill a pride to celebrate all the peoples who contributed to making our nation great!
Intended audience: History buffs, fans of reconstruction experimental archeology and builds, national, local and provincial interest and interest in Canadian firsts in history.
Language: English, fully over-dubbed French version, foreign language subtitles (for second licence sales in Europe), as required.
Closed Captioning: Yes
Writers: Christopher Cooper, Ryan Scranton
Hosts: Christopher Cooper, Joe Beaudette and Ryan Scranton
Producer: Edifice Media
Post Production: My daddy made it studios Canada/UK
Location: Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
Setting: On set during the build (reconstruction archeology) process. On location Nova Scotia, for interviews, and B-Reel of modern day Nova Scotia and the public attractions noted in this film.
Episode Length: 60 minutes
Format: Final deliverable broadcast 1080p HD
Audio: Dedicated sound recording, music score and dramatic sound effect enhancement.
Visual style: On pedestal on set, on location and interview, Steadicam for hand held shots, studio and on location lighting. Vibrant fast paced.
Series Trailer Available: Spring 2017
Deliverables: September 2017