Streaming from the Archives

Watch digitized films and videos from the Archives of Manitoba's holdings, including the Hudson's Bay Company Archives. These records illustrate a range of events, activities and iconic sites throughout Manitoba and beyond.

This feature was launched on Manitoba Day 2020, with subsequent uploads in: July 2020, December 2020.

Title Year Posting Date Image
Churchill (1931-1933) 1931-1933 December 2020 a map of the manitoba region
Norway House (between 1932-1938) 1932-1938 December 2020 people playing on the snow
“Mapping Manitoba” (1940) 1940 December 2020 Mapping Manitoba written on the screen
“Centre of Fashion” (1957) 1957 December 2020 two women on the catwalk
George Henry Hambley home movie footage of Brandon, Minnedosa, and McConnell, Manitoba, and Joe McMurchy's farm (1959) 1959 December 2020 a car driven on the street
“The Voyage of the Nonsuch” (1968) 1968 December 2020 the replica of the boat Nonsuch in the water
“Manitoba Fights for Freedom” 1944 July 2020 men in a factory work on large, round metallic objects
Clair Leatherdale home movie of 1950 Winnipeg flood April 1950 July 2020 a house is submerged underwater
“The Legislative Assembly” 1953 July 2020 a politican sits in a large throne chair
“The Salad Bowl” 1965 July 2020 workers sort potatoes on an assembly line
Murray Sinclair's closing statement after the community hearings conducted during Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry 28 April, 1989 July 2020 Justice Murray Sinclair speaks
Highlights from Impressions 1970 July 2020 a worker carves the bottom of a boat
“Opening Day of the Bay's Portage and Memorial Store” 1926 May 2020 a large crowd of people gather in front of the Hudson's Bay Store
“Vacation Attractions in the Whiteshell Forest Reserve of Eastern Manitoba” 1934 May 2020 a rural landscape with a store in the background and a road sign with a bison icon in the foreground
“Commercial Fishing in Manitoba” ca. 1945-1946 May 2020 two fisherman sort fish
“The Road to Recovery” 1950 May 2020 a nurse prepares a needle
“The Mark of Distinction” ca. 1959 May 2020 a doctor gestures to an x-ray of lungs
“Manitoba in the Wintertime” 1968 May 2020 two grinning children are sledding

Churchill (1931-1933)


Archives of Manitoba, George Coutts fonds, Churchill 1931-1933, V1
Keystone Fonds Description: George Coutts fonds


This silent film consists of footage by George Coutts, a civil engineer involved in the construction of the port and grain storage facilities at Churchill, Manitoba. The film documents the progress of construction of the port facilities at Churchill, Manitoba from 1931-1933. It also documents his journey from The Pas to Churchill on the Hudson Bay Railway in 1931, life at the port and surrounding area in all seasons, an RCMP patrol comprised of an officer and Inuit guide, two Inuit men constructing an igloo, a group of Inuit in a whaling boat, the arrival, loading and departure of various ships, Canadian Airways, RCAF and commercial aircraft and an overnight refueling stop by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh who were en route to Japan in 1933.

Norway House (between 1932-1938)


Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, Leif and John Sunde fonds, Norway House [between 1932-1938], F79-1
Keystone Item Description: Norway House


This silent film consists of interior and exterior footage of family and social life around the H. C. Hyer fur trading post at Norway House during the summer and winter. Footage includes: an airplane taking off; children in the vegetable garden; children on swings; a soccer game; running races; dog sleds; funeral procession for an individual named Bradford; a winter trail across ice; a family picnic at Forestry Island; ice skating; and riding a bike on the ice. Individuals captured on the film include: Leif, Dagny, John, Marianne, Tanis and Leif jr. Sunde; Mickey Low; Mrs. Kemp (teacher at Norway House); Mrs. Anderson; and Mrs. Oliver.

“Mapping Manitoba” (1940)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, "Mapping Manitoba," 1940, V29
Keystone Item Description: Mapping Manitoba


This silent film shows a survey crew at work in northern Manitoba, and includes much aerial footage of the northern regions. Francis J. S. Holmes, a Winnipeg filmmaker, accompanied the Department of Mines and Natural Resources survey party for a few weeks in 1940 to document the surveying of the twenty-third base line, five hundred miles north of the international boundary. This was the first survey in Canada that utilized an airplane to transport the survey party.

“Centre of Fashion” (1957)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, "Centre of Fashion," 1957, V32
Keystone Item Description: Centre of Fashion


This film promotes the fashion industry in Manitoba and shows the process of designing and creating a garment. A significant portion of the film is a fashion show staged in The Bay store in downtown Winnipeg, displaying made-in-Manitoba designs.

George Henry Hambley home movie footage of Brandon, Minnedosa, and McConnell, Manitoba, and Joe McMurchy's farm (1959)


Archives of Manitoba, George Henry Hambley fonds, "Streets of Brandon…," 1959, V402
Keystone Item Descripton: “Streets of Brandon…,”


This home movie by George Henry Hambley shows footage of Brandon, Manitoba during Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1959, as well as footage of McConnell, Manitoba and a visit by Hambley to the farm of Joe McMurchy. Notations on the original film container described the film as follows: "Streets of Brandon as the Queen visits the Wheat City. Horses at [?]. Minnedosa. Mare with colt. House of Old Joe McMurchy. Geo. H. Hambley comes up to the house - children coming out of school at McConnell. Elevators and McConnell store and McMurchy gets into car. Hitching team up watering - [?] Horse on farm old Joe goes out to field with two horses on binder - Girl brings out lunch. Joe finds two heads of wheat - gives them to the girl - Joe and old [?] sit by horse and tell of wheat - old [gun?] - Hambley shows how he planted eleven kernels - weeks later watering plants - two months more - grain well grown"

“The Voyage of the Nonsuch” (1968)


Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, "Nonsuch" replica records, Voyage of the Nonsuch, 1968, F19
Keystone Item Description: Voyage of the Nonsuch


This film traces the construction, launching and sailing of the replica ship "Nonsuch" built to commemorate the Hudson's Bay Company's 300th anniversary.

“Manitoba Fights for Freedom” (1944)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, Manitoba Fights for Freedom, 1944, V34
Keystone Item Description: Manitoba Fights for Freedom


The film outlines the Manitoba war effort: men and women at work in munitions factories, meat plants, garment factories and airplane manufacturing. Also shown are men in paratroop and artillery training, and men and women marching in military units.

Clair Leatherdale home movie of 1950 Winnipeg flood (April 1950)


Archives of Manitoba, Clair Leatherdale home movie of 1950 Winnipeg flood, April 1950, V241
Keystone Item Description: Clair Leatherdale home movie of 1950 Winnipeg flood, April 1950

This silent film consists of home movie footage taken by Clair Leatherdale showing the 1950 flooding of Winnipeg, specifically the area around Kingston Row, Kingston Crescent, and Churchill Drive. More than half the footage features the house immediately west of the south approach to the Elm Park Bridge, as this was the home of Leatherdale's brother Verne. The footage shows flood levels over several days, the aftermath of the flooding, and Leatherdale's family and friends working on the dikes of "Fort Leatherdale." The last three minutes of the film are shot from a powerboat on the Red River and show flood levels around buildings along Kingston Row and Churchill Drive, including the site of the Municipal Hospitals (now the Riverview Health Centre).

“The Legislative Assembly” (1953)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, The Legislative Assembly, 1953, V32
Keystone Item Description: The Legislative Assembly


The ‘history, tradition and procedure of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba’ is shown in the film by the Manitoba Department of Industry and Commerce. There is footage of the opening of the Assembly and of the House in session. The film includes footage of the Manitoba Legislative Building, Lieutenant-Governor R. F. McWilliams and his wife, Margaret McWilliams, Premier D. L. Campbell, Sergeant-at-Arms Henry S. Bennett, and members of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

“The Salad Bowl” (1965)


Archives of Manitoba, AG 0268 Department of Agriculture films, GR5158, The Salad Bowl, 1965, V316
Keystone Item Description: The Salad Bowl


This film illustrates the operation of Manitoba's vegetable industry including growing, processing, marketing and promotion. The film highlights the events of “Salad Month” which encouraged Manitobans to enjoy the province's vegetables. This film was produced by the produced by the Manitoba Department of Agriculture and Conservation.

Murray Sinclairís closing statement after the community hearings conducted during Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (28 April, 1989)


Archives of Manitoba, ATG 0213 Records of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry GR2059, Aboriginal Justice Inquiry community hearings video recording: April 28, 1989, Winnipeg, VHS
Keystone Item Description: Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Community Hearings video recording: April 28, 1989, Winnipeg


This video excerpt (10 min.) shows community hearings closing remarks by Associate Chief Judge Murray Sinclair. The purpose of the Inquiry was to examine how Manitoba's Indigenous people were treated by the justice system, and to investigate all matters surrounding the deaths of Helen Betty Osborne and Indigenous leader J.J. Harper.

Highlights from Impressions (1970)


Hudsonís Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, Hudsonís Bay Company film, video and sound collection, Impressions, 1970, F25
Keystone Item Description: Impressions


Highlights from the Hudson’s Bay Company film called “Impressions”.  The film was directed by Christopher Chapman as part of the Bay’s 300th anniversary celebrations in 1970. Prior to making Impressions, Chapman had made the Ontario government’s film “A Place To Stand” which earned him the Academy Award in 1968 for best live action short. Impressions features Chapman’s split screen method of movie making known as ‘multiple dynamic images’ or by its nickname ‘the Brady Bunch effect.’ Throughout the film the Bay’s 300 year history is woven across the screen with historic and modern images all of which tell HBC’s  impressions of its history and place within Canada.  Iconic images of the fur trade are paired with modern department stores.  Scenes of farming and oil production are seen, providing a western context and a reminder of the Hudson’s Bay Company far-reaching business activities.

“Opening Day of the Bay's Portage and Memorial Store” (1926)


Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba, "From the Fur North," 1926, F2
Keystone Item Description: From the Fur North


This exterior footage captures the opening of the Bayís Portage and Memorial store in November 1926.

Film captures street scenes in front of the store, trolley cars, police and crowds of people. It is an excerpt is from a film entitled "From the Fur North". It was created by British Pictorial Production Ltd in 1931 and given to HBC.

“Vacation Attractions in the Whiteshell Forest Reserve of Eastern Manitoba” (1934)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, "Vacation Attractions in the Whiteshell Forest Reserve of Eastern Manitoba," [1934], V220
Keystone Item Description: Vacation Attractions in the Whiteshell Forest Reserve of Eastern Manitoba


This silent film promotes the Trans-Canada Highway No. 1 between Winnipeg and the Ontario border as a route to access the Whiteshell Forest Reserve by car.

The film follows the route from the Legislative Building, through downtown Winnipeg to the Whiteshell. The journey shows the dam at St. Andrews, Beausejour and Rennie. Farmers are seen harvesting grain along the way. The film shows various lakes, campgrounds and beaches in the Whiteshell, and ends at the border between Manitoba and Ontario. It was produced by Percy F. Brown for the Manitoba Department of Public Works.

“Commercial Fishing in Manitoba” (ca. 1945-1946)


Archives of Manitoba, A 0237 Films promoting tourism and industry, GR8398, "Commercial Fishing in Manitoba," [ca. 1945-1946], V218
Keystone Item Description: Commercial Fishing in Manitoba


This silent film shows how the commercial fishing industry operated in Manitoba in the 1940s.

Includes footage of Gimli harbour on Lake Winnipeg, men making preparations to head out in fishing boats, and later letting out nets and hauling them in, and returning to the harbour with their catch. Also includes footage of fish being packed into crates, shipped to Winnipeg via the Red River by the boats J. R. Spear and Goldfield, and unloaded at the Alexander Dock. The film ends with a woman buying fish and then cooking and serving it to her family. It was presented by the Manitoba Department of Mines and Natural Resources.

“The Road to Recovery” (ca. 1950)


Archives of Manitoba, Sanatorium Board of Manitoba fonds, "The Road to Recovery," [ca. 1950], V93.
Keystone Item Description: The Road to Recovery


This film was created to show testing and treatment for tuberculosis in Manitoba.

Film includes members of the Sanatorium Board, people undergoing x-rays, the Mobile X-Ray Unit, and blood being analyzed in a lab. Also include footage of actor portraying "John MacDonald" arriving at Ninette Sanatorium and undergoing treatment. Includes footage of various medical facilities and footage from vocational classes in Winnipeg. produced by Francis J. S. Holmes for the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.

“The Mark of Distinction” (ca. 1959)


Archives of Manitoba, Sanatorium Board of Manitoba fonds, "The Mark of Distinction," [ca. 1959], V415
Keystone Item Description: The Mark of Distinction


This film was created to educate the public on the need for tuberculin testing to prevent the spread of tuberculosis.

It was produced by Francis J. S. Holmes for the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.

“Manitoba in the Wintertime” (1968)



Archives of Manitoba, CH 0204 Tourism marketing and promotional films GR8382, 'Manitoba in the Wintertime,' 1968, V269


“Manitoba in the Wintertime,” Produced by Western Films, Ltd. for the Manitoba Department of Tourism and Recreation in 1968.

This film shows a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in Manitoba during winter.

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