A Basic Bibliography and Videography
- compiled by David Yorke, On to Ottawa Historical Society Director
The Royal Twenty Centers: The Department of National Defense and Federal Unemployment Relief: 1932 -1936
This is an unpublished B.A. Thesis from the Royal Military College, Kingston, 1962. It looks at the camps from the point of view of military efficiency, but its detailed information
has been cited by many writers on the relief camps.
Microcosms of Misfortune: Canada"s Unemployed Rellief Camps Administered by the Department of National Defence
Thomas W. Tanner
Another unpublished M.A. Thesis referred to in many works on the relief camps, for the University of Western Ontario, London, 1965.
Proceedings of the On to Ottawa Trek Conference, October 1985
Canadian Plains Research Centre, Regina
This is the transcript of papers, speeches and interviews conducted at this conference. Informants include William Gilbey, 3Doc2 Savage, Dr. Lorne Brown, Dr. Victor Howard (Victor Hoar),
Bob Jackson, Ben Swankey, and Dr. Emmett Hall.
Regina Public Library and the Saskatchewan Archives Board
Microfilm copy of the evidence, exhibits and report of the Regina Riot Inquiry Commission (The Macdonald Commission) 1936.
On to Ottawa ( Video )
Sara Diamond, Drector: Produced by the On to Ottawa Historical Society and the Women's Labour History Project ( 1992)
A 54 minute VHS tape recounting the conditions of the Depression and the On to Ottawa Trek, including Trek veterans Bob Jackson, Jean Shiels and Ray Wainwright in the On to Ottawa presentation written by Tom Hawken, who performs with other musicians. This has become the classic video record of the Canadian struggles for the work and wages.
DVD copies include a second video, For Twenty Cents a Day ( below ) and are available from the On to Ottawa Historical Society, Ph: 604 254 0703 or by email @ ontoottawa.ca.
For Twenty Cents a Day ( Video )
Colleen Fuller, Director: Produced by the BCTF Labour History Association ( 1979 )
This is a 25 minute video transferred from the original film version. It has footage of the relief camps and unemployed demonstrations in the 1930s, and tells the story of the establishment of the relief camps, the trek, the defeat of R.B. Bennett in 1935, and the renewed unemployment problems leading to the Vancouver Post Office sit-in and its repression on Bloody Sunday 1937. It features interviews with poet Dorothy Livesay ( who was active in support of the unemployed in the depression ), Syd Thompson ( a Trek veteran, later leader of the IWA Vancouver local ) and Steve Brodie, who was on the Trek, and a central leader in the 1937 sit-in.
Copies are included on a DVD with the On to Ottawa video ( above ) and can be ordered from the On to Ottawa Historical Society, Ph: 604 254 0703 or by email @ ontoottawa.ca
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This page updated 15/02/2013