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Learning Basic Cree Conversation

This lesson will introduce students to the basic sounds of the Cree language (Y dialect). Students will compare and contrast the Cree letters of the alphabet to the letters of the English alphabet.

Determining Significance in Canada’s Bilingual Story

Using this activity, students will rank the importance of different moments in Canada’s story of bilingualism to explore how historical significance is established and how it varies.

Speaking Like a Canadian and Identity

In this lesson, students will use the historical thinking concepts to analyze the ways in which Canada’s identity developed through language, culture, and the growth of immigrant communities.

Picture This

We have so many great words that you won’t hear outside of Canada. Even better, many of those words are the same in French and English.

Lesson Plans

Fur Trade Timeline

In this lesson, students will play a class game of “I Have... Who Has?” and create a timeline for Canada’s fur trade.

Team Names: A Reflection of History

In this lesson students explore the ways in which history is often reflected in the names and logos of sports teams. They research the history of a Canadian community and create and illustrate a team name and logo reflective of its past. 

Shifting Connections: Safety, Security and Sacrifice in a Changing World

In this digital media-rich series of individual and team-based activities, students address the concept of national security in historical and contemporary contexts.

A Collage of Canada: Harmonizing Many Voices

Working in groups, students will create a collage of photographs, symbols, paintings, songs and/or poetry to visually tell the story of a group of Canadians during the past century.

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Heritage Fairs Chat

In this web chat, the 2018 Young Citizens share their tips, tricks, and advice for creating a winning Heritage Fair project.

Using Visual and Written Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking

Watch now: in this webinar Charles Hou discusses a variety of classroom exercises using visual primary sources.

Indigenous Canada MOOC

Watch now: In this webinar, Paul Gareau discusses the Indigenous Canada Massive Online Open Course from the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Teaching Women's History in Canada

No Votes for Men!

In this lesson students encounter an important step towards the full enfranchisement of Canadian citizens.

Thérèse Casgrain: Canadian Political and Peace Activist

Students will work in groups to explore the historical experiences of Thérèse Casgrain and the women activists who created political, cultural, and social change in Quebec and Canada.

Exploring the Life of Thanadelthur

In this lesson, students will be introduced to Thanadelthur, an Indigenous woman known for her bravery, leadership, and forethought.

Canadian Women Who Made a Difference

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the important role women had in Canadian society.


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