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Why was the On-to-Ottawa Trek significant?

Why was the On-to-Ottawa Trek significant?

A defining event of the Great Depression, the On-to-Ottawa Trek has become a poignant symbol of working class protest. In 1935, over a thousand angry unemployed men left federal relief camps in British Columbia and boarded boxcars to take their demand for work and wages directly to Ottawa.

When was the On-to-Ottawa Trek?

June 3, 1935
On-to-Ottawa Trek/Start dates

Why did the government set up relief camps in 1932?

To cut costs, the government set up these camps in or in close proximity to existing military facilities and used the military’s personnel and administrative experience to keep the camps running effectively. Each camp worked on “projects”; British Columbia had 53 projects and Ontario 37.

When were relief camps created?

1934
Relief Camp Workers’ Union/Founded

Why was the on to Ottawa Trek important?

A defining event of the Great Depression, the On-to-Ottawa Trek has become a poignant symbol of working class protest. In 1935, over a thousand angry unemployed men left federal relief camps in British Columbia and boarded boxcars to take their demand for work and wages directly to Ottawa.

When did on to Ottawa trekkers leave Vancouver?

As the stalemate dragged on week after numbing week, the men decided to go to Ottawa and lay their grievances directly before the government. An estimated 1,000 On-to-Ottawa trekkers left Vancouver by freight train in early June 1935.

When did the on to Ottawa Trek / Regina riot happen?

In June, 1935, more than 1,000 of these desperate men set out from B.C. to confront Bennett in the nation’s capital. Fearing a snowballing rebellion, the government waylaid the ON TO OTTAWA TREK in Saskatchewan and, on the July 1 holiday, crushed it in what became known as the REGINA RIOT , the most violent episode of the Great Depression.

When did the Ottawa Trek meet with Bennett?

Negotiations with two federal Cabinet ministers took place on 17 June but went nowhere. Eight Trekkers were then dispatched to Ottawa to meet with Bennett. The remaining marchers waited at the Regina Exhibition Grounds.