In 1911, German entrepreneur Martin Cohn unveiled his vision of
a revolutionary Rocky Mountain garden city paradise known as
Nordegg. It was to be a coal mining community unlike any other.
But the town ultimately faced heartbreak and difficulty. And so
did its founder. In this feature, Red Deer writer Johnnie
Bachusky chronicles the life and work of Martin Nordegg.
In this excerpt, filmmaker Carl Bessai tells the story of Alberta
novelist and poet Robert Kroetsch and his journey to know his
German roots. In his stories and poems, Kroetsch recounts the
immigration of his German great, great-grandfather to Ontario and
then to Heisler, Alberta.
The Impossible Home is one of the A Scattering of
Seeds film series by White Pine Pictures. The
series celebrates the grit and character of unsung immigrants who
staked their families and futures on a second chance in Canada.
These personal portraits celebrate the diversity of the first
families who arrived in Canada to build a nation.
This digital collection was
produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital
Collections initiative, Industry Canada.