TrekDVD - 2010
In June, 1935, at the height of the Depression, unemployed men in Relief Camps across BC organized, walked out, and gathered in Vancouver to protest their slave-like conditions. Eventually 1,400 of them boarde freighttrain boxcars together, starting the legendary On To Ottawa Trek. As they proceeded eastward, people in railroad communities along the way responded to their simple affirmation that meaningful work and wages create the respect that all individuals deserve. Their numbers grew as they rode the rails like the dispossessed, protesting government inaction, as their cry for justice dominated the headlines. Prime Minister Bennett issues orders to terminate the Trek by force in Regina, but the citizens of that city fed and supported about 2400 Trekkers for three weeks partially through collections at public meeting. Finally, a secretly amassed force of RCMP and Regina City Police attacked one of these public meetings of citizens in Market Square, igniting the Regina Riot on July First, 1935.