Dust storms is a sandstorm that causes soil erosion and drought which caused crops that had been growing and been productive all season long to be damaged in two weeks. I was shocked at the nature of these strong storms and how it had to come when the stock market in New York collapsed causing us a huge economic crisis. These storms caused such immense damage to the agricultural, fertile land through the strong winds that I don’t think that wheat can ever be produced in my farm in Saskatchewan. I am angry at the loss of such a successful job.
February 2, 1931
The Civil War in Spain was a significant war that helped make Canada more independent over its foreign policy. The Prime Minister was able to use this new independence as a way to remain neutral between foreign conflicts such as Italy and Ethiopia. The prime minister also banned involvement in the conflict between the Francisco Franco and the Spain, but some French Catholics felt the need to support the Francs and disobeyed the law.
March 3, 1932
Dear Diary, I was devastated! Grasshopper plagues were eating all our crops that grew and destroyed our land. The wheat prices were dropping by a large amount that caused the world wheat market to collapse. I had been overproducing since we had been very productive in the last decade and had also invested in more land. Now, I was in a lot of debt and did not know what to do. Most of the farmers and I all had to go to unemployment relief camps set up by the government as a local welfare scheme in order for us to survive during these harsh situations. Some farmers just moved away as they felt relief camps were a humiliation. There were so many people unemployed and we all had large debts to pay.
March 15, 1933
I know a single man who is a close friend of mine. He always gets refusals when looking for a job. I was lucky to be married because even if I didn’t have a job, I at least get some money from relief camps. I look at the streets with all the unemployed people wandering that are begging for food. There is no future for us and these young single men have no hopes for a growing generation. Humans have certain rights and all I ask is that the government have some sympathy for all of us farmers suffering from such an enormous loss.
April 4, 1934
Dear Diary, I feel that the Metis are being treated unfairly. They live near the prairies in Alberta and have no land of their own and the government does not recognize them as Aboriginal people. They have written petitions to the government for their rights and establish a land base for their communities. The province