Dust and Depression

Prairie families in the 1930s watch their farms — and hopes — blow away while they wait for rain.

Posted December 15, 2021

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This episode is the second of a new animated web series called History Bits. The series explores a diverse range of topics, from overcoming racism in Africville, Nova Scotia, to the historic fight for women’s voting rights, to the struggle to survive the dustbowl era of the Dirty Thirties. Each action-packed episode highlights the courage, creativity, and perseverance of Canadians from the past.

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History Bits was inspired by comics that appear in Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, written by Kayak editor Nancy Payne and illustrated by Alex Diochon, and published by Canada’s History Society.

Supplemental educational materials for teachers and parents will be provided in Spring 2022 so that they can more deeply explore the stories and themes with young viewers.

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