Classroom resources for Remembrance Day

Several military items in this issue of Canada’s History, along with the classroom resources for Remembrance Day at the top.

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Use these resources to initiate conversations about Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars and ask students to contemplate why we mark Remembrance Day each year.
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After Victory: The Legacy of the Necessary War

The Canada we know today, and a large part of our Canadian identity, has been shaped by wartime service and sacrifice. The aftermath of war brings a mix of emotions: relief and joy for some, unending pain and trauma for others, and for all a period of turmoil and uncertainty. Read more

Children’s Opera

In this Teaching Canada’s History podcast, Dawn Martens shares how her students commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by studying and performing Hans Krása’s opera Brundibár. Listen here

Bomb Girls: Defense Industries Limited and the Home Front

This lesson examines the contributions of women working at Defence Industries Limited. Students collect data about the role, impact, and experiences of the women known as the Bomb Girls. Learn more

The Canadian Patriotic Fund, 1914–1919

A large part of the war effort during the First World War was dedicated to fundraising and relief. In this lesson, students consider the role of the Canadian Patriotic Fund, which provided support to the wives and dependents of soldiers. Learn more

Canada and the Second World War

The April 2020 issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids is an excellent resource for reflecting on and remembering Canadians’ wartime contributions. Discover lesson plans, classroom activities, and more, all related to the Second World War. Learn more

Home Front Hero

The lesser-known stories of those who helped the war effort include that of one Inuk woman. Qapik Attagutsiak contributed to Canada’s Second World War effort in a unique way and has been recognized by the government of Canada. Read more


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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