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New Digital Resources for At-Home Learning

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Canada and the Second World War

From farms to factories to fighting, the Second World War touched Canadians in many ways. Learn more about Canada and the Second World War in the latest issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

Bonus: Many of the articles in Kayak are digitized so you can share them with students at home. See what’s in the April 2020 issue

Attack on Bell Island

Although Newfoundland wasn’t part of Canada yet, it was definitely part of the war — we imagined what it might have been like when German submarines torpedoed the harbour on Bell Island in 1942. Read more

‘Bomb Girls’: Defense Industries Limited and the Home Front

In this lesson, students will be asked to collect data about the role, impact and experiences of the women known as the ‘Bomb Girls’. Learn more

As Memory Fades

In this activity, students will learn more about their family’s connection to the Second World War and consider how memories of the war change with different perspectives. Learn more

Significant Events in Canadian History Survey

Do you teach Canadian history in Canadian K-12 schools? You are being invited to participate in a research study titled “Significant Events in Canadian History.” Learn more

Virtual Heritage Fair

At Canada’s History, we have been talking a lot about how we can support Heritage Fair students while schools are closed and fairs are cancelled. We know many students have already started or finished their projects, and we want to encourage their work by providing an opportunity for them to still share their research.

As such, we are launching a Virtual Heritage Fair! From April 15 to May 1, we will showcase the Heritage Fair projects from participating students on our new Instagram account: @heritagefairs_fetespatrimoine

We invite you to check out the contest details, share the news of this program with your students, and encourage them to submit a Virtual Heritage Fair project.
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Explore Remembrance Day in your Elementary Classroom

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The Canadian Patriotic Fund, 1914–1919

The Canadian Patriotic Fund was a private organization which co-coordinated fundraising and provided monthly grants to wives and dependents of soldiers during the First World War. In this lesson, students will explore the role of the Canadian Patriotic Fund and learn more about the impact of war on the home front. Learn more

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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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A Bear in War

When Lawrence Rogers was fighting overseas during the First World War, he exchanged hundreds of letters with his family back home. As the war progressed, his daughter decided that her dad needed some extra protection, so she sent her beloved stuffed bear “Teddy.” A Bear in War shares Teddy’s remarkable journey. This book is a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honour of those who have served their countries. Learn more

Discover Your Local Cenotaph

In almost every Canadian city, town, and village, you’ll find a cenotaph, honouring those who fought and died for our country. With this activity students are encouraged to explore their community landscape and community history through their local cenotaph. Learn more

Remembering the Great War

In this special digital issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, you will find stories about major battles, about kids’ lives back home, and about how anger around conscription divided the country. You will also find links to lesson plans, classroom activities, and much more. Learn 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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Remembrance Day Resources

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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

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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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D-Day: 75 Years Later

An item from Canada’s History magazine on this 75th anniversary of D-Day.


A special feature package on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Second World War’s invasion of Normandy.
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By Every Means Possible

Despite receiving less recognition than the army, Canada’s navy and air force were crucial to the success of the D-Day invasion. Read more

D-Day Memories

First-hand accounts from those who were there. Read more

Preserving the Past

Juno Beach Centre commemorates D-Day legacy. Read more

D-Day: Terror at 2,000 Feet

Pilot’s memoir offers riveting details of having to bail out over Normandy. Originally published in June 2014. Read more

Eyes in the Sky

How aerial photography helped secure victory for the Allies. Read more

Explaining D-Day

Canadian War Museum historian John Maker answers questions about the invasion that liberated Europe during the Second World War. Originally published in June 2014. Read more

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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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75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

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Dear educators,

Help your students learn more about Canada’s rich military history throughout 2019 with free bilingual resources for youth ages 5–18.

D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy is one of Canada’s most significant military engagements of the 20th century. Over 90,000 Canadian soldiers volunteered to serve our country and saw action in the Normandy Campaign. Of these, more than 5,000 brave Canadians died and more than 13,000 were wounded in this battle, which ultimately helped lead to the end of the Second World War.

You can order free, bilingual print learning resources, including posters, postcards, bookmarks and historical sheets and access online lesson plans, historical information, video interviews with Canadian Veterans and photo galleries.

In the months leading up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 2019, Veterans Affairs Canada is partnering with VIA Rail Canada, Parks Canada and community organizations to hold events across the country.

These events will highlight the journey across Canada that service members took during the Second World War, mainly via the rail lines to Halifax, from where they sailed across the Atlantic to join our Allies bravely fighting for freedom in Europe. As it stops across the country, from Vancouver to Halifax, a train will carry combat boots as symbols of Canadians, from all walks of life, who took this journey to serve our country.

Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CanadaRemembers and #DDay75. Visit Veterans.gc.ca/D-Day75 to order or download free materials, find events in Canada and in France, and learn other ways to get involved.

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