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Lest we forget

Published: Oct 18, 2016

The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.

- Czeslaw Milosz

Across Canada, November is filled with hundreds of events and ceremonies commemorating Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day. It is a time for Canadians to reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans and to express our gratitude. It is also a time for us to remember the stories of our nation’s history and the impact they have had on the rights and freedoms of Canadians living today.

For many of our students, it can be difficult to understand and appreciate the full significance of events that occurred many years ago. It is important for students to have opportunities to think deeply and critically about the stories of our past, and to develop an awareness of the causes and consequences of historical actions.

The resources featured this month are designed to help students understand the human impact of war. Younger students could begin by investigating children’s rights and how their own quality of life would be impacted without these rights. For older students, learning about the largely unknown story of Canada’s national internment operations during the First World War could lead to important discussions of injustice, prejudice and empathy.

Free resources

What happens if...? [PDF]

Grade range: Primary

View more resources in the Critical Challenges collection
Pivotal Voices: Recognizing an Historic Injustice: Canada’s First National Internment Operations, 1914-1920 [PDF]

Grade range: Middle| Senior