Education Programs

 2017-18 School Program: The Character of our Canadian Military History

The Character of our Canadian Military History

Teamwork  Courage Resilience

Planning Duty Communication

Individuals who understand these characteristics, while doing their best to practice them, are successful Canadian citizens today.
  
Our newest education program takes a unique approach to learning about Canadian Military History by embedding the history content within an experiential, innovative, and team-based learning framework that presents students with memorable opportunities to explore the character traits noted above. The day-long, Museum-based program consists of 4 – 6 modules through which students will progress sequentially, as well as an artifact handling session. Debriefing and individual reflection are both cornerstones of the design.

 

Are you a passionate Social Studies or Military History educator in the Calgary area interested in exploring these traits with your students while the learning about our shared Canadian Military History? 

If so, or if  our program interests you and you would like additional information, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

 

 

Classroom opportunities (Calgary schools):

* Field Trip to The Military Museums in November

* A 1 hour module presented at your school in your classroom 

Please note that any requests will be be responded to on a "first come, first serve" basis and that any in-class presentations will be delivered by Valour Canada's certified educator. Once our Fall 2017 schedule is full, we will begin booking for Spring 2018. 

2017-18 School Program: The Character of our Canadian Military History

 Online Education: Vimy Ridge

The Road to Vimy Ridge, our most recent web creation, is in commemoration of our country’s experience a century ago at Vimy Ridge, April 1917. With new modules being released monthly and contests available to Canadian youth, the project is designed to take high school students, cadets, scouts, or any interested members of the public, on an exploration of Canada’s World War I military history that includes:

• The causes and aftermath of the First World War, one of the most lethal wars in history.
• Canadian engagements during the First World War, culminating in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
• Interesting personalities and technological advancements that played key roles in Canada’s First World War experience.
• How Canadian participation in the First World War has crafted and shaped ideas of nationhood that we, as Canadians, experience today.

Come and join us at   vimyridge.valourcanada.ca

Online Education: Vimy Ridge

 2016-2017 high school program: The Ottawa Treaty

The Ottawa Treaty

Are you a passionate Social Studies or Military History educator in the Calgary area interested in digging deeply into the topics of the Crisis in Syria, Refugees, Internationalism, and Democratic Citizenship, with your students?

Do you enjoy facilitating group discussion about one of the most pressing challenges that our world faces today?

Would you relish bringing your students together for a mini, Model UN-like exercise? The end goal is a student-led creation of a Treaty Document (The Ottawa Treaty) that will outline conditions necessary to end the current Syria Crisis, so that aid and reconstruction can begin.

 

Activity Description:

The preparation package linked below contains background on the current situation in Syria (as of the winter of 2016-17) along with information modules that communicate information to students and provide them with further avenues for research into each of the 8 main interests regarding the outcome in Syria. The 8 include: Assad's Syria, the Syrian Rebels/FSA, Iraq, Turkey, Kurds, Russia, U.S., and E.U. Valour Canada believes that by giving students an opportunity to learn about the underlying issues in Syria along with information pertaining to specific geopolitical interests, they will be better able to negotiate with each other and to work towards a group solution to the Syria Crisis. It is recommended that teacher's spend at least 2-3 hours in class preparing students for their Ottawa Treaty activities before initiating the culminating activity.

*Peace in the Middle East Region (the future of Syria, Iraq, the Middle East broadly, Shia-Sunni tensions)
*Global Security (threat posed by IS, retaliation/retribution, conditions required for aid and reconstruction, competing/aligning interests, media reliability, etc.)
*Humanitarianism (crimes against non-combatants, the stateless Kurdish people, the fate of refugees, etc.)
*Economic considerations (costs incurred by various countries, including Canada, i.e. in military expenditures, losses or gains in trade, human casualties, refugees, immigration, foreign aid to the region, costs associated with attacks on home soil, potential future costs, etc.

 

To download the Ottawa Treaty Program (pdf), please click here. Note that any references to "at/in the museum" should be exchanged with "in your classroom". 

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about this program, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

2016-2017 high school program: The Ottawa Treaty

 Online Education: Llandovery Castle

In our introductory foray into online educational activities, Valour Canada presents the case of HMHS Llandovery Castle. The sinking of this hospital ship operated by the Canadian Army by a German submarine during the First World War, and the events that followed, bring into question topics of nationalism, military strategy, and ethics, and perhaps most compellingly, the possibility for justice in wartime. While this case is an historical one, these issues are as timely now as ever!

In this educational task, Valour Canada invites students and teachers to explore the ideas through multiple perspectives, providing access to engaging, multimedia resources with varying entry points and activities aimed at a breadth of learners.

Feedback is much appreciated. Please send it to our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

Access our Llandovery Castle topic »

 


 

Online Education: Llandovery Castle

 2015-2016 high school program

Are you a passionate Social Studies or Military History educator in the Calgary area interested in digging deeply into the topics of internationalism, nationalism, and democratic citizenship, with your students?

Do you enjoy engaging in discussions about the Canadian military role in the world?

Would you relish the idea of bringing your students together with others from around the city for intellectual interaction and interesting activities?

If so, please consider joining us for:

*Teacher professional development * Thorough, engaging, and complimentary resources for your classroom to be used in the semester * A student field trip *

 

This year's question: What should the Canadian military action be against Islamic State (IS)? Students decided upon appropriate intervention based on ONE of the following foreign policy goals (as criteria):

*Peace in the Region (the future of Syria, Iraq, the Middle East broadly, Shia-Sunni tensions)
*Canadian Security (threat posed by IS, retaliation/retribution, “home-grown” terrorism, “radicalized” Canadians, etc.)
*Humanitarianism (crimes against the Yasidi people, the Kurdish people, the fate of refugees, etc.)
*Economic considerations (costs incurred by Canada, i.e. in military expenditures, losses or gains in trade with Iraq and Syria, human casualties, refugees, immigration, foreign aid to the region, costs associated with attacks on home soil, potential future costs, etc.

If you are interested in hearing more about these exciting opportunities, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

2015-2016 high school program