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By Every Means Possible

The success of the D-Day invasion of France on June 6, 1944 — an immense operation and the largest seaborne assault in history — was made possible only by weeks of intensive operations in which Canadians played crucial roles. Much has been written about the significant role the Canadian Army played, but Canada’s navy and air force were also crucial to the success of the D-Day invasion. Learn more


Hidden History of the Poppy

Amid the blasting bombs, lifeless bodies, and muddy trenches of the Great War, bright red poppies flourished in Flanders Fields, Belgium. This sight inspired a poem that moved the British Empire. Now, each Remembrance Day, many people wear the red flower to honour those who died at war. Share with your students how the poppy became an enduring symbol.
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The Great War Video Series

When the First World War began in 1914, Canada had no choice — as part of the British Empire, the country was automatically at war. More than 650,000 Canadians served over the course of the four-year conflict. This video series features some of the key Canadian battles along the road to armistice in 1918. Learn more

Putting it into Perspective

In this lesson, students explore the experiences and contributions of Indigenous soldiers to Canada’s role in the First World War. They draw links between the treaty relationship and First Nations’ wartime involvement with a focus on the experiences of soldier Francis Pegahmagabow. Learn more

The Lest We Forget Project

In this presentation, Blake Seward, recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, explains how his Lest We Forget project engages students, fosters historical thinking, and forms meaningful connections. Learn more

Looking for ways to integrate reconciliation into your learning plans?

Experiences Canada is excited to announce a Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation June 27-July 4, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

65 youth from across Canada will be selected to participate in an unforgettable week of workshops, activities, and presentations designed to build their knowledge, skills and confidence to become stronger leaders when they return home.

Help facilitate an amazing opportunity for youth ages 14-18! Share this information with your students, or get your whole class or group involved in sharing their strategies and ideas for furthering Reconciliation in their communities.

Register as a class or group and have 15 or more youth apply to the Forum (including project submissions), and you could be selected for a reciprocal exchange next school year – All travel and registration fees funded by Experiences Canada.

For more information, visit the Experiences Canada website. Deadline to apply April 3, 2020.

Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

Please note: Some items featured in our newsletters and social media will include links to the Canada’s History Archive. The Beaver magazine was founded, and for decades was published, during eras shaped by colonialism. Concepts such as racial, cultural, or gender equality were rarely, if ever, considered by the magazine or its contributors. In earlier issues, readers will find comments and terms now considered to be derogatory. Canada’s History Society cautions readers to explore the archive using historical thinking concepts — not only analyzing the content but asking questions of who shaped the content and why.
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