Canadian workers fighting for their rights
Never Forgotten is a documentary that tells the story of the On-To-Ottawa trek, one of the most influential events in the history of the organized labour movement in Canada.
During the Great Depression, the Canadian Government established the Unemployment Relief Scheme. It was a nationwide system of camps for single, unemployed men. The beneficiaries of the program worked on road construction and other physically-demanding projects, in exchange for room-and-board and 20 cents a day.
In 1935, about 1.500 men from various British Columbia camps went on strike in demand for better working conditions. After a few weeks of protests, and encouraged by many expressions of support from the community, they decided to go to Ottawa, to lay their demands before the Prime Minister. It was the beginning of the On-to-Ottawa Trek, a journey that has been a source of inspiration to the labour movement in Canada for more than eight decades.
Our documentary tells the story of the trek, and pays tribute to the workers that have kept the memory of that journey alive over the years.
“They were to be hidden away to become forgotten men.
Never were forgotten men more in the public eye.
Never were forgotten men more remembered.”
Recollections of the On-To-Ottawa Trek