I've always had a bit of a fond spot for the NFB-- mostly because of amusing animated shorts that were deemed educational enough to be shown in school (eg. The Cat Cam Back and The Big Snit). However, I had no idea how much history content and archival footage is held by the NFB. At this point, I have been able to find clips on almost any historical topic I've looked up. Additionally, the "Explore Film by Subject" feature allows users to search periods of history (1967-1919, 1920-1945, 1946-Present, and Pre-1867). Each time period can then be divided thematically, making finding useful films fairly painless.
Some of the best examples I've found of historically relevant footage on the NFB:
- Vistas: InukShop, focusing on the appropriation of Inuit culture throughout Canada's history.
- Action: The October Crisis of 1970, a full length documentary film looking at October 1970 when Montreal awaited the outcome of FLQ terrorist acts. This film includes a lot of archival and news footage from the era.
- Westray, a feature documentary focusing on the Westray coal mine disaster that occured in Nova Scotia on May 9, 1992.