Canada 150: It’s just the beginning (video)

Join us in celebrating our country! Positive and heartfelt, this video showcases the Canada 150 themes of diversity, youth, environment, and reconciliation, all against the backdrop of Canada’s Prairies. It was shot in a field of Durum wheat on a farm in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, in September 2016 using modern high-tech agriculture technology. The cast of the video is composed of federal public servants and their children. View the video to feel pride, be inspired and to see the impressive crop art design come to life.

Want to learn more about modern agriculture? Take a look at the complementing video, Agri-Geomatics: The big data revolution in agriculture, which tells the story of the technology behind precision farming and the techniques that were used to cut the Canada 150 logo.

Video transcript

[A single piano note.]

[Close up of wheat in a field.]

[The single piano note expands into a light piano music track.]

[A medium shot of a wheat field. The camera moves from left to right.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up shot of a woman running her hand over the wheat in the field.]

[A close up of a woman standing in the wheat field. She looks up to the camera with a slight smile on her face.]

Female employee #1: On these prairies our people have been celebrating life for 10,000 years.

[An aerial view of a combine harvesting the wheat from the field.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He look up to the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #1: Our ancestors came here to raise food and families.

[Another aerial view of the combine harvesting the wheat from the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He is looking at the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #2: We overcame differences.

[An aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. We can now start to see that he is harvesting the wheat to create a pattern in the field.]

[A closer shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a woman standing in the wheat field. She looks up to the camera with a slight smile on her face. The wind is blowing in her hair.]

Female employee #2: We are stewards of many languages and vast lands.

[An aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. He is almost finished cutting the pattern into the field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[A close up of a man standing in the wheat field. He is looking at the camera with a slight smile on his face.]

Male employee #3: We are of mixed races and cultures.

[Another aerial shot of the combine harvesting wheat from the field. We can almost see the entire pattern now.]

[The piano music continues.]

[The same woman from the beginning of the video reappears. She is still standing in the wheat field. We can see a group of children in the background.]

Female employee #1: And as long as the sun shines, the river flows, and the grass grows...

[The woman smiles and turns back to look at the children. The children begin to run into the wheat field.]

[The piano music continues.]

[The children run together down one of the paths cut by the combine.]

...our children will celebrate life on these prairies.

[An aerial shot of the pattern that has been cut into the wheat field. It's the Canada 150 logo. The combine is driving around the edge of the logo.]

[The Canada 150 logo on a white circle. There is a light image of the wheat field at sunset in the background.]

Child: It's just the beginning.

[The piano music comes to an end.]

[The Canada wordmark.]

Text on screen: (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2016)

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