Vision: Valour Canada is a nationally recognized charitable organization dedicated to connecting Canadians to their military heritage.
Mission: Valour Canada will create engaging programmes to educate Canadians, with a focus on youth, about the importance of Canada’s military history.
Abstract: Informed and active citizenship depends on understanding and valuing the contribution of Canada’s military in shaping our country and the world.
In our democracy, ultimately it is our citizens who decide to send our serving men and women into conflict. To do so justifiably demands deep contemplation of what that may mean for our country, how it reflects or fails to reflect our national values, and the impact on those Canadians whom we put in harm’s way, their families and communities. Examining Canada’s role in armed conflict in the past informs us of the consequences of such commitments, enabling better informed decisions.
Through examining our military history, we gain an enhanced appreciation for what it means to be a Canadian. We have played an influential role on the global stage in the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, in part by “punching above our weight” and by fighting with and for the virtues and beliefs that underpin our national character. This should be a source of national pride and must be remembered and upheld as a standard for our nation’s military involvement in the future.
Across Canada, coverage of our military history is inconsistent in provincial school curricula. The extent to which military history is taught is left largely to the discretion of individual teachers.
Valour Canada strives to fill the gaps created by discretionary treatment of this foundational element of Canadian history and culture by creating educational resources, tools and programs that educators may easily utilize to meet or exceed curricula requirements while engaging students in meaningful and impactful discussion of the role our military has played and the responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.
Valour Canada provides compelling and heavily researched stories of duty, valour, sacrifice, leadership and loss that empower Canadians in considering the price of their citizenship and the responsibility associated with deciding Canada’s future. These stories inspire the same virtues in every day life and highlight the principles Canada’s men and women have consistently fought for: among them, democracy, freedom, and human rights.
Our end goal is to create better Canadians, and through them, a better Canada.
"I have participated in Valour Canada programing with hundreds of my students since the 2013-2014 school year. During that time the Valour Canada High School program has evolved several times but has remained focused both on helping students understand Canada’s military heritage, and the contemporary work of the Canadian Forces. The quality of the programming offered by Valour Canada has been consistently excellent. And thanks to Valour’s engagement with teachers and other education professionals, the programing has also been extraordinarily helpful for meeting program of studies objectives for Social Studies, particularly Social Studies 20.
The Valour Canada High School program has given my students the opportunity to interact with military artifacts, research military history as well as contemporary events, think critically, and discuss contemporary issues relating to international relations and the use of military force. The programing is suitable for -2, -1 or IB/AP Social Studies classes – it is structured to allow multiple entry points for differentiated instruction.
My students have always given me positive feedback about their experiences with Valour Canada programming and I plan to continue to participate with my classes and by assisting with content creation when requested, as long as the program exists. I highly recommend the Valour Canada program to High School Social Studies teachers. Moreover, I strongly recommend Valour Canada as a place to invest dollars in education, research and community engagement. Your investment will help ensure that this important educational opportunity survives and grows.
- J.S., Calgary Board of Education Teacher, November 2017
Contact Valour Canada
1820 24TH St. S.W.
Calgary, AB, T2T 0G6
For Education Inquiries:
Cdr (Ret'd) Gordon Wong, PCJ
Mr. John Q. Adams
Mr. James Cox
Mr. Stuart Crichton
Mr. Steve Dunn
Mr. Murray A. Harris
Mr. Rod Hoffmeister
Ms. Teri McKinnon
Mr. James Morton
Mr. Brad Pierce
Mr. Nick Sealy-Thompson
Ms. Kathryn Shaw
Dr. Greg Stone
Dr. Glenn Wilkinson
LCol (Ret'd) Richard Williams
Robert L Pierce O.C. Q.C. L.L.B. (1929-2012)
On March 17, 2012, Robert passed away after a brief illness. He served on the Board of Directors since 1996 and was a true and passionate Canadian. It was our honour to know him. A celebration of his life was held March 22, 2012. He is missed.
Major Donor Recognition
Isabel Evelyn Hardwick Calow Fund at The Calgary Foundation