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Doc­u­men­tary to ad­dress over­looked his­tory

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Plans are in mo­tion for an in­de­pen­dent fea­ture doc­u­men­tary film after con­tro­versy over a CBC minis­eries made na­tional head­lines.

CBC’s Canada: The Story of Us, which aired in 2017, cov­ers al­most four cen­turies of Cana­dian his­tory yet fails to ac­knowl­edge Sa­muel de Cham­plain’s ar­rival at Port Royal, Nova Sco­tia, with Pierre Du Gua de Monts in 1605. The se­ries skips over that re­gion’s his­tory and be­gins with Cham­plain’s found­ing of Que­bec City in 1608.

Politi­cians from across the prov­ince asked the CBC to apol­o­gize for the er­ror and to film a pre­quel that in­cluded the over­looked his­tory. While the net­work apol­o­gized, it has not yet pro­duced the re­quested pre­quel. As a re­sult, An­napo­lis Royal Mayor Bill Mac­Don­ald and Ben Proud­foot of Break­wa­ter Stu­dios part­nered to make the film Port of Ori­gins.

The doc­u­men­tary is in­tended to por­tray high­lights of the place known at dif­fer­ent times as Nme’juaqnek, Port Royal, and An­napo­lis Royal. The story spans from pre-Euro­pean con­tact to 1760 while also de­pict­ing the his­tory of the Mi’kmaq, French, Aca­di­ans, English, and Scots in that area. The film’s pro­duc­tion sched­ule de­pends on fund­ing.

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