- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 18: Straight
Arrow, The Janusz Zurakowski Story
Directed by Anna and George Prodanou
Emigrating in the mid-1950s,
Janusz Zurakowski, a Polish aviator, became the test pilot for the famous
Canadian AVRO Arrow. He then retreated to a small Ontario town to open
a holiday lodge.
- Creation of an immigrant
- Relations between different
- AVRO Arrow
- To learn the motivation
behind Polish immigration to Canada
- To understand the importance
of a settlement distinct to an ethnic group
- To become aware of the tensions
that arose between immigrant groups of different origins
- Pretend you are Janusz Zurakowski
and write a journal with about ten entries capturing the main events
in his life from the time he left Poland to the present-day.
- Poland has had a long history
of enduring foreign control, religious and ethnic persecution and civil
unrest. Research and prepare a chronology detailing the hardships Poland
has faced from the 1850s to the present.
- Research the history of
the AVRO Arrow project (watching the film, The AVRO Arrow would
be a fun way to do research) and make a photo and/or sketch collage
showing its development and demise.
- Janusz Zurakowski was faced
with the decision of moving to the United States to further his career
in aviation, or moving to the Canadian bush where Polish immigrants
had first settled nearly a century before him. Make a list of the pros
and cons of each option, and debate whether the Zurakowskis made a wise
- The Polish and the Irish
communities near Kaszuby in Northern Ontario didn't have the best relationship
with one another as each group established their new lives in Canada.
Using this example as a starting point, generate a class discussion
about tensions among various ethnic groups that occur within Canadian
society to this day. Consider why they occur and what measures are and/or
should be taken to try and ease any tensions and make Canada a harmonious
multicultural country of tolerance and open-mindedness.