Wooden fishing sailboats returning to shore in Canso, Nova Scotia, in the 1920s. Nets seen on some decks. A fisherman shovels fish from his hold onto the dock. Fishing boats clustered against a dock. Fishermen filleting fish on the dock. A buyer making offer to fisherman for fish in basket on a scale. He receives only 75 cents for a full day's catch. His wife is busy scrubbing clothes in an outdoor tub, when he gives her the 75 cents. She is disappointed. The Reverend Doctor, J.J.Tompkins, Rector of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, proposes that the University and wider community collaborate to improve lives of the people.He is seen meeting with a group of fishermen on the shore.View of British-Canadian Co-Operative Society Limited, offices in Nova Scotia. Father Tompkins holding a pamphlet entitled: "Co-Operation, A plan for Tomorrow which works today." He studies the pamphlet. Fishermen peruse the pamphlet. Dr. Tompkins conversing with fishermen.
Map showing Nova Scotia, Canada, the USA, and Atlantic Ocean. Fishermen, farmers and miners of Eastern Nova Scotia, living in poverty in the 1920s. People walking past mine shaft; a woman in her home preparing salt cod and fried potatoes for an old man and young boy. Children poorly clad. Rocky unproductive soil with sheep grazing among the rocks and stones. Worker in cap standing in front of factory stacks belching black smoke. Farmers working on road repair crews to supplement their meager incomes. Women doing the farm work without help. Miners leaving the shaft site and the slum housing in which they live. Children in the slums. Non-plastered brick houses, some with wooden roof are seen.
The "Co-Operation" ideas of Rev. Dr.J.J.Tompkins, of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, give rise to programs such as the Adult Education Program of the Extension Department of the University. Adults are seen participating in education program, as they take evening instruction in reading, writing, and basic economics, in a local school classrooms. Another pioneer in the "Antigonish Movement," the Rev. Dr. Hugh MacPherson of St.Francis Xavier University, is seen on a farm, advising local farmers about soil and farming techniques. In a laboratory at the University, he discusses soil chemistry, with several farmers, and shows them the contrast between plants with and without proper soil conditions. He counsels farmers out in the field. Views of the campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Map of Nova Scotia showing the Eastern area served by the University. Other leaders in the "Antigonish Movement," Dr. M.M. Coady and his assistant, A.B. MacDonald, are seen together, and consulting with other educators at the university. Sister Marie Michael, who leads women's programs, is highlighted.
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt on a fishing trip in Nova Scotia.President Roosevelt and his sons on the chartered schooner, Sewanna, underway. President Roosevelt waves from the helm. His sons and other crew members can be seen moving about the boat. Sea birds line up wing-to-wing, on peak of a roof.
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt in Nova Scotia. Presidential motorcade arrives at pier, where it is met by several Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, who walk alongside as U.S. Secret Service agents step from the Presidential and accompanying car. President Franklin Roosevelt seated aboard the presidential yacht USS Potomac AG-25. He motions to a Naval Officer to sit with him. They converse as other guests settle themselves on the yacht. View, from the water, of the USS Potomac at the pier. Spectators gather on shore as the USS Potomac slowly makes its way out from the pier.
U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt sailing the chartered schooner, Sewanna, in waters of Nova Scotia, with his sons. They set sails and begin to move through the water, with President Roosevelt at the helm. The Presidential yacht, Potomac, can be seen in the background. The crew raises an American flag, as the Sewanna proceeds.