With gold running deep through the region’s veins, a new documentary is focussing on Timmins’ rich history with the industry. Northern Gold is an original two-part documentary series debuting on TVO this week.
“It is, in a nutshell, about the history of mining in Northern Ontario told through the lens of one mining town, Timmins, Ontario,” explained director/producer Catie Lamer.
Knowing that TVO was looking at exploring gold as a theme, Lamer started digging into different histories. In Northern Ontario, she said, they found an “untold hidden history” of its impact in gold mining and how the industry shaped Ontario and Canada’s economy.
“And it’s something that we felt was underexplored and under-represented in the wider Canadian culture, so we really wanted to bring that to people,” Lamer said.
With the Porcupine Gold Rush in the early 1900s attracting people to Timmins, she noted the city has one of the biggest histories in the gold industry. “And there’s just such a great cross-section of different people that it just immediately made sense,” she said.