Documentary Series

How Uprooted Communities Fight to Survive
4 x 30 Min. Documentary Series

TV Series Synopsis

The re:LOCATION documentary series is a collection of compelling, socially relevant stories that need to be told, especially in light of ongoing efforts to re-examine historical events and achieve reconciliation by acknowledging past injustice to Canadians who have been marginalized and arbitrarily uprooted for political and economic reasons.

Each episode will portray a culturally and geographically diverse community from different periods in Canadian history that has been involuntarily and sometimes inhumanely relocated, often with devastating consequences.

Every episode in re:Location is both a story of loss and rebirth as the surviving members of the communities reveal their resilience and devotion to preserving the essential values and the most important legacies of their respective communities and cultures. Their stories of past and present, before and after forced relocation will be brought to life and examined in their historical, cultural, political and economic context by a carefully selected and articulate cast of community members.

re:LOCATION is a Canadian anthology that will, for the first time, showcase the stories of communities from a pan-Canadian perspective for a national audience. The series will honour and celebrate communities that maintain and cherish a profound sense of commitment to their geographic roots, rallying heroically to rebuild and preserve what is uniquely theirs.

These are stories of human endurance, adaptability, determination and resilience.

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Episode #1

The Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway

The last living survivors of the thousands who were uprooted by the St. Lawrence Seaway come together to preserve the legacy of their lost villages.

The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway began in 1954 and is recognized as one of the most monumental engineering and construction achievements in history. In the name of economic progress and nation building, over 6,500 residents were relocated from their villages as they watched their homes flooded and submerged under the great St. Lawrence River.

In a visual journey to the past and present, the last generation of these Lost Villages share their memories buried and unearthed, lost and found, and their commitment to keeping the legacy alive as they strive to build their own future.
Episode #2

Japanese Internment

The story of Japanese-Canadians interned and relocated during WW2 as told through the eyes of one family, spanning four generations, who persevered and came home after more than 70 years to reclaim what was taken from them.

During the Second World War, the Canadian government detained and relocated more than 22,000 Japanese-Canadians in the name of national security. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese-Canadians were stripped of their homes, businesses and livelihood and sent to internment and work camps across the BC interior and Canada. The majority of these “enemy aliens” were Canadian citizens by birth.

This program tells the story of those who were relocated through the eyes of one family, spanning four generations, who persevered and came home after more than 70 years to reclaim what was taken from them during this dark chapter of our Canadian history.