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A Grateful Nation | The Automatic Spy | Attack on Bell Island

Note that there are several wartime items in this issue of Canada’s History.


Seventy-five years since the Battle of the Atlantic and VE Day
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Dutch citizens celebrate liberation with a Canadian soldier.

A Grateful Nation

Seventy-five years after the Second World War, the Dutch are determined to keep alive the legacy of their Canadian liberators. Read more

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Attack on Bell Island

The war strikes home. On Bell Island in the fall of 1942, the night explodes as German submarines attack. Read more

People hold up rubble caused by a torpedo being fired.

Attack on Bell Island Podcast

Listen to Bell Island, Newfoundland’s fascinating wartime history as a target of German U-boats in this podcast with Teresita McCarthy, the Bell Island Mine Museum manager. Listen now

Two-page spread of illustration of submarine identifying various parts.

Canada’s Sub Killer

This naval commander was not content simply to avoid German submarines. He was determined to destroy them. Read more

German U-boat rises breaks through the ocean surface.

The Automatic Spy

An unusual German contraption served as weatherman on North American soil during the Second World War. In the 1980s, its rusty remains were found on the coast of Labrador. Read more

Curating Difficult History

A May 6 webinar will present how the the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s collections of objects and testimonies are carefully curated to highlight the compelling stories it preserves. Museum curator Andréa Shaulis will discuss what choices were made when developing the museum’s Objects of Interest webpage and how these artifacts illustrate the museum’s preservation work. Register now

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Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

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New Digital Resources for At-Home Learning

A couple of historical war items in this resource.


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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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VEDay75 – Commemorate Canada’s Finest Hour Digitally!

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May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary
of the Victory in Europe.

Seventy-five years ago, three young Canadians were in Holland when World War Two ended …

Mona Louise Parsons
An actress, a nurse, and a member of the Dutch Resistance, Mona Louise Parsons of Middleton, Nova Scotia was imprisoned and became one of the first and only woman to be tried by a National Socialist tribunal in Holland. Sentenced to death, she escaped …
Charles “Charlie” Byce grew up the son of a First World War hero and a woman from the Cree First Nations. He survived the residential school system and fought for Canada in World War Two with bravery. He risked his life many times to ensure the safety of his men earning a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal, but …
Philip Pochailo
Born in Rainy River, Ontario, Philip Pochailo was 21 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was shot down over the Netherlands, hidden by many Dutch families and members of the Resistance, only to …
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REST OF THEIR STORIES?

This year, Defining Moments Canada returns with an exciting digital commemoration for VEDay – VEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands!

Learn about these three iconic Canadians, plus the inspiring stories of many more Canadian Veterans from 11 months of battle — July 1944 to May 1945 — along the ‘road’ to liberating the Netherlands through occupied Europe.

Complete with four original lesson plans, innovative digital story-maps and tools from Project44.ca, dozens of rarely-seen imagesmapsletters and war diariesVEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands is an entirely bilingual project that engages students (ages 12-18) in digital curation and interactive mapping skills.

Start your class commemoration May 1, 2020 at DefiningMomentsCanada.ca

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Patriotic Arts: Influencing Canadians at War

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Patriotic Arts: Influencing Canadians at War

In this lesson, students will discuss how war has shaped Canada and its citizens and the influence of patriotism, propaganda and music on Canadians during war. Using novels, poems, war art, and songs, students gain experience analyzing primary sources. Read more

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Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

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Lest We Forget

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The Second World War @ 75

This past summer Canadians commemorated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Second World War’s invasion of Normandy. In case you missed it, we included a curated collection of our online articles, audio, images and video about the Second World War from the past ten years. Learn more

The Many Wars of Doug Sam

A son reflects on his father, this country’s most decorated Chinese Canadian. Sam was originally rejected from the RCAF in 1941 for not being Caucasian. Read more

Remembering Mona Parsons

Few people knew that this quiet woman was in fact a former member of the Dutch resistance, and one of only a few Canadian civilians to be interned in Nazi prison camps. Read more

One For The Boys

How a Canadian Vietnam veteran sacrificed all in order to win greater respect for his brothers in arms. Read more

The Moses Brothers

“The Moses family had a large farm to run… and the absence of the three brothers was a huge burden.” Learn more

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The War to End All War

Last Remembrance Day we marked the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War with a ten-year collection of articles, audio, images and video. Learn more

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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

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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

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