Class Clips is changing
We will be introducing the new Knowledge and Learning Beta website over the coming months. Clips for use in the classroom are now available on your phone, tablet or PC.

Alternatively, you can still browse or search by keyword or clip number on this site.

CLIP 4366

Emigrant life in Canada's far north

Emigrant life in Canada's far north

Did you know?

All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.

Key Info
  • Emigrant life in Canada's far north
  • Duration: 01:46
  • For Scots who took up farming in Canada, the first years were spent in the difficult work of constructing buildings, clearing forest and growing crops between the stumps that were left behind. The fur trade attracted Scots to Canada because it was well paid. Dr John Rae from Orkney became a fur trader, but unlike others he adopted the ways and methods of Native Americans to survive the harsh conditions of Northern Canada.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: Scotland, emigration, emigrants, farming, native American, Arctic Circle, frontier,
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip can lead to study of Dr John Rae and his involvement with searching for the Franklin expedition that perished in the mid 19th Century while searching for the North West Passage. Students may wish to look into the cultures and lifestyles of Native Americans, including the Inuit and Cree.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.