Teaching COVID-19

These activities will help students reflect on the coronavirus outbreak, analyze parallels to historic pandemics, and think critically about this moment in history.

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Finding Hazel

In this presentation, teacher Rob Bell shares how an unexpected discovery turned a conventional unit on the Spanish Influenza into a rich and personal learning experience.

Killer Flu

Having barely survived the trenches of World War I, returning Canadian soldiers — and the public at large — were greeted with a horror of a different ilk: the Spanish Flu. Weapons were no defence.

A Pox on Our Nation

Much of Canada’s early history was shaped by the presence of smallpox, a “speckled monster” as deadly as Ebola that wiped out whole communities. Could the disease rise again?

Amazing Health History

For a comprehensive look at how people met the challenges of communicable disease before the age of modern medicine, watch this three-part video series.

Lesson Plans

‘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’.

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.

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.

Relevance of Treaties Today

In this lesson students explore the enduring relevance and continued significance of the Treaty relationship in Canada and consider the Treaty relationship as a path toward reconciliation.

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Hudson's Bay Company Museum Collection

In this webinar, Amelia Fay discusses the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection at the Manitoba Museum.

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.

Introduction to Wikipedia as Outreach and Activism

Watch now: in this webinar Amy Marshall Furness discusses how why and how the Art Gallery of Ontario hosts wikithons and what this contribution to wikipedia means.

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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