Voices of Courage Tour

Canada is marking the centennial of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. The Yorkton Festival in partnership with Heritage Canada is hosting a series of film screenings that foster a greater awareness and understanding among Canadians of the importance of the world wars in the country’s history so that they may gain an appreciation of its impact on the Canada we know today and develop an increased sense of identity and pride.

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00PM
Location
Saskatoon Public Libary, Frances Morrison Branch
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
Voices of Courage: Stories from the World Wars
A Film Evening with Bill Waiser

The evening will include the screening of the NFB production, Front Lines, and a presentation by Bill Waiser entitled “Somehow, It Didn’t Seem like War at All”. This presentation about World War One is certain to be interesting and full of the humour that only Bill can bring to his story telling.

A history professor recently retired from the University of Saskatchewan, Bill Waiser is a well-known writer and speaker. In his work, he focuses on “people stories”. One example is Tommy’s Team, an account of the people who played a critical role in the achievements of Premier T. C. Douglas and his government. The second is Who Killed Jackie Bates, the gripping account of the murder of a young boy, but more than that, the story of the depression and how it contributed to the death. Even Saskatchewan, A New History, his best-known work, recounts the broad sweep of the province’s story not through government policy and statistics but through the tales of ordinary people living ordinary lives through a more than ordinary period of 100 years. This presentation will follow this same approach.

This event, made possible through a grant from the Government of Canada, is free and open to the public.
Date & Time
Monday, November 9, 1:10PM
Location
Melville Comprehensive School
Film
The Trenches
Synopsis
World War I. The soldiers huddled in the trenches are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a recruit leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. An anti‐war short film created through a masterful contemporization of archival images by Claude Cloutier.
Date & Time
Tuesday, November 10, 10:00AM
Location
Yorkton Regional High School
Film
The Trenches
Synopsis
World War I. The soldiers huddled in the trenches are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a recruit leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. An anti‐war short film created through a masterful contemporization of archival images by Claude Cloutier.
Date & Time
Monday, November 9, 7:30PM
Location
Grace Westminster United Church, Saskatoon
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict. Guest Speaker: Dr. Keith Thorson
Date & Time
Tuesday, November 10, 12:00PM
Location
St. Thomas Wesley United Church, Saskatoon
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict.
Date & Time
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00PM
Location
Yorkon Public Library
Film
Trenches
Synopsis
Voices of Courage: Stories from the World Wars
A Film Evening with Bill Waiser

The evening will include the screening of the NFB production, Front Lines, and a presentation by Bill Waiser entitled “Somehow, It Didn’t Seem like War at All”. This presentation about World War One is certain to be interesting and full of the humour that only Bill can bring to his story telling.

A history professor recently retired from the University of Saskatchewan, Bill Waiser is a well-known writer and speaker. In his work, he focuses on “people stories”. One example is Tommy’s Team, an account of the people who played a critical role in the achievements of Premier T. C. Douglas and his government. The second is Who Killed Jackie Bates, the gripping account of the murder of a young boy, but more than that, the story of the depression and how it contributed to the death. Even Saskatchewan, A New History, his best-known work, recounts the broad sweep of the province’s story not through government policy and statistics but through the tales of ordinary people living ordinary lives through a more than ordinary period of 100 years. This presentation will follow this same approach.

This event, made possible through a grant from the Government of Canada, is free and open to the public. Guest Speaker: Dr. Bill Waiser
Date & Time
Monday, November 11, 7:00PM
Location
City Saskatchewan (Broadcast)
Film
Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember
Synopsis
In honour of all Saskatchewan’s veterans, the eight-part video series Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember will be rebroadcast in its entirety this Remembrance Day on City Saskatchewan. The broadcast is part of a touring program of films on the First and Second World Wars from the collection of the Yorkton Film Festival (YFF).
Date & Time
Thursday, January 28, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Film
17 Days in Hades: The Battle of Ypres
Synopsis
WWI 1915: Germany introduces chlorine gas to break the trench warfare deadlock - story of Canada's 1st volunteers, immortalized by the poem "Flanders Field". Guest Speaker: Norman Leech More Information
Date & Time
Thursday, February 4, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Event
Canadian Sacrifice And Its Meaning In The Great War
Synopsis
Lecture on the Battle of Ypres Guest Speaker: Norman Leech More Information
Date & Time
Saturday, February 6, 2:00PM
Location
Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict. Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Germani
Date & Time
Thursday, February 11, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict. Guest Speaker: Ryan Goldsworth More Information
Date & Time
Saturday, February 13, 2:00PM
Location
Winnipeg Public Library - William Stephenson Branch
Film
Camp X: Secret Agent School
Synopsis
In 1941, a top-secret training facility was set up outside Toronto to train secret agents. They were taught how to kill, build bombs, create cover identities and crack codes. They called the facility Camp X. The details of what went on there remained classified for decades after the War ended. Many documents are now being declassified, including something long rumored to exist: Camp X’s secret training manual; the most comprehensive guide to espionage ever written.Camp X: Secret Agent School explores the story of how this secret agent training school established in Canada during World War Two - and the training manual created specifically for it - laid the foundations for modern espionage in North America and gave birth to the CIA. Guest Speaker: Gary Solar, President of the Intrepid Society
Date & Time
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00PM
Location
Yorkton Public Library
Film
Jajo's Secret
Synopsis
A few years after my Jajo, or Grandfather, passed away, my father and I made a shocking discovery -- a secret Jajo had kept his entire life. A certificate of parole issued by the Sault Ste. Marie Police in 1918. This documentary begins with the discovery of that certificate and traces my personal journey as I investigate how my Jajo came to be paroled. The journey leads me from the Sault Ste Marie police department, to a cemetery in Kapuskasing, through a ghost town near Wawa and finally to the steps of Parliament Hill. Along the way, I discover the truth about my Jajo and learn the story of how thousands of Ukrainians were interned by the Canadian government during World War One. Guest Speaker: Daniel Bodnar
Date & Time
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00PM
Location
Frances Morrison Library, Saskatoon
Film
Four Storng Winds: Old and Mighty
Synopsis
Ian Tyson's Four Strong Winds. Guest Speaker: Eric Story
Film
The Trenches
Synopsis
World War I. The soldiers huddled in the trenches are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a recruit leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. An anti‐war short film created through a masterful contemporization of archival images by Claude Cloutier. Guest Speaker: Eric Story
Date & Time
Thursday, February 18th, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Event
Lecture on the First World War (Front Lines)
Date & Time
Thursday, Feburary 25th, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war. Speaker: TMM Senior Curator, Rory Cory
Date & Time
Thursday, Feburary 25th, 7:00PM
Location
Prince Albert Historical Museum
Film
War Story: Ortona, The War Inside
Synopsis
The battle for Ortona was combat at its closest, most intimate, and most horrifying. Canadian infantry pitted against the toughest German paratroopers, pounding forward street by street, house by house. The War Inside is a personal retelling of one of the fiercest battles of WWII. Speaker: Dennis Ogrodnick
Date & Time
Saturday, February 27, 7:00PM
Location
Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw
Film
Camp X: Secret Agent School
Synopsis
In 1941, a top-secret training facility was set up outside Toronto to train secret agents. They were taught how to kill, build bombs, create cover identities and crack codes. They called the facility Camp X. The details of what went on there remained classified for decades after the War ended. Many documents are now being declassified, including something long rumored to exist: Camp X’s secret training manual; the most comprehensive guide to espionage ever written.Camp X: Secret Agent School explores the story of how this secret agent training school established in Canada during World War Two - and the training manual created specifically for it - laid the foundations for modern espionage in North America and gave birth to the CIA.
Date & Time
Sunday, Feburary 28th, 2:00PM
Location
Jasper Cultural and Historical Centre, Maple Creek
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war. Guest Speaker: Harry Forbes
Date & Time
Thursday, March 3rd, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Film
Lecture on the Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
Lecture by TMM Senior Curator, Rory Cory
Date & Time
Thursday, March 3rd, 7:00PM
Location
Stratford Perth Museum
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war. Speaker: Anneli Whyte
Date & Time
Thursday, March 10, 7:00PM
Location
Military Museums of Calgary
Film
Camp X: Secret Agent School
Synopsis
In 1941, a top-secret training facility was set up outside Toronto to train secret agents. They were taught how to kill, build bombs, create cover identities and crack codes. They called the facility Camp X. The details of what went on there remained classified for decades after the War ended. Many documents are now being declassified, including something long rumored to exist: Camp X’s secret training manual; the most comprehensive guide to espionage ever written.Camp X: Secret Agent School explores the story of how this secret agent training school established in Canada during World War Two - and the training manual created specifically for it - laid the foundations for modern espionage in North America and gave birth to the CIA.
Date & Time
Friday, March 18th, 7:30PM
Location
Regina Coin Club
2404 Elphinstone Street in Regina, next to the Neil Balkwill Centre.
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict. Guest Speaker: Dr. Ian Germani
Date & Time
Sunday, March 6th
Location
3rd C.A.V. Groningen Mortorcycle Unit
602 Lynx Wing 2402 Avenue C North, Saskatoon
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war.
Date & Time
Sunday, March 20th
Location
3rd C.A.V. Groningen Mortorcycle Unit
602 Lynx Wing 2402 Avenue C North, Saskatoon
Film
Front Lines
Synopsis
A tribute to the combatants in the First World War, this film traces the conflict through the war diary and private letters of five Canadian soldiers and a nurse. Hearing them, the listener detects between the lines an unspoken horror censored by war and propriety. The film mingles war footage, historical photos and readings of excerpts from the diary and letters. The directorial talent of Claude Guilmain breathes life into these 90-year-old documents and accompanying archival images so that we experience the human face and heart of the conflict. Speaker: Sam Derkson
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2:00PM
Location
Stratford Perth Museum
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war. Speaker: Anneli Whyte
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 30th, 2:00PM
Location
Stratford Perth Museum
Film
The Liberation of Holland
Synopsis
This is the story of Canada’s "finest hour" of WW2. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt. A battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet it was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war. Speaker: Anneli Whyte
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 30, 1:30PM
Location
Life Long Learning Centre, University of Regina
Gallery Building, Room 106
Film
Camp X: Secret Agent School
Synopsis
In 1941, a top-secret training facility was set up outside Toronto to train secret agents. They were taught how to kill, build bombs, create cover identities and crack codes. They called the facility Camp X. The details of what went on there remained classified for decades after the War ended. Many documents are now being declassified, including something long rumored to exist: Camp X’s secret training manual; the most comprehensive guide to espionage ever written.Camp X: Secret Agent School explores the story of how this secret agent training school established in Canada during World War Two - and the training manual created specifically for it - laid the foundations for modern espionage in North America and gave birth to the CIA. Guest Speaker: Dr. Bill Brennan

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