Photostory #367: Canada's Birthday Brings Thoughts of Tomorrow: Nation's Future Belongs to Them
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National Film Board of Canada
June 27, 1964
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Entering its 98th year as a nation, Canada is still a land of youth. A third of all Canadians today are under the age of 15 years, can expect their lives to reach well into the 21st century. Within a few decades these young Canadians will be entrusted with an expanding nation in a world far different from that of today. Theirs will be an age that will bring transportation speeds to shrink the globe ever smaller, bring interplanetary travel to a reality and scientific-technological developments to fashion an environment beyond present-day imagination. And Canada's next generation will have its own special legacy. A wide, rich land of promise, a multiracial population to nourish the roots of tolerance, a broad foundation of knowledge, wisdom, technology and-freedom upon which to build the future and explore the widening avenues of philosophy and adventure. Their heritage will be the natural beauty of vast woodland vistas, the clear waters of millions of lakes, the freshness of wilderness rivers, the ruggedness of mountain ranges and arctic expanse. They will inherit good, rich soil to sustain many people, untold wealth in sub-surface rocks, valuable tools of learning and room to build. This Canada -- nearly 100 years old -- has a future dependent on the outlook, energy and knowledge of its youngest citizens -- the adult Canadians of the world of tomorrow.