Education Programs

 2018-19: The Character of our Military History

The Character of our Canadian Military History

Cooperation            Courage           Communication

Thoughtfulness       Responsibility        Resilience

Individuals who understand these characteristics, while doing their best to practice them, are successful Canadian citizens today.
 
"I can be a leader figure when needed. I commit to working to gain the confidence of leading."   - J.H., Student, April 2018
 
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.

Students participating in the Iron Harvest activity (Apr. 2018).

"Great experience. Would definitely visit again. All the events were great and helped learn easily."   - D.M., Student, April 2018

The Character of our Canadian Military History program (CCMH) is ideal for groups of 20 - 35 (school classes, cadet groups, scouts/girl guides, etc.) and can be adapted to your needs.

Available Modules: The Sinking of HMCS Llandovery Castle, Scavenger Hunt (at museum), Artifact Handling, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadian Corps at Hill 70: A Learning Organization, the Iron Harvest.

Modules currently in development: Propaganda, D-Day, the Cold War

 

Representative of a Canadian Military MUSEUM ?

Valour Canada will be presenting portions of the CCMH program in military museums nation-wide in 2018-19. If you'd like more information about this very low-cost opportunity, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca 

 

Educator or Group Leader IN CALGARY ?

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? 

"Good team work, fun, and learned a lot. Always good for hands on learning. Would love to come back and do again."   - S.D., Calgary Catholic School District Teacher, Mar. 2018

Classroom opportunities (Calgary schools) NOW BOOKING FOR 2018-19:

* Field Trip to The Military Museums in the Autumn of 2018
   (Dates Available: Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31; Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15, 20, 21)

* Or, a 45-90 minute presentation at your school in your classroom over 1 or 2 periods.

Please note that any requests will be be responded to on a "first come, first serve" basis. Any in-class presentations will be delivered by Valour Canada's educator.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

"This is very cool. I had so much fun and it give me another knowledge that I can use on my Canadian Studies course (sic). The activities are so fun!!!."   - L.Y., Student, May. 2018

2018-19: The Character of our Military History

 Online Education: Canadian Military History Library

Introduced in September 2017, Valour Canada’s homepage (valourcanada.ca) now hosts a variety of articles that tell the history of our country’s military experience. Valour Canada's Canadian Military History Library will consist of predominantly Militrivia writings, short blurbs that bring bits of Canadian military history to life.

 

Here is a screenshot of the front page of the Military History Library. Note the ability to sort by time periods in the right hand margin. Articles are sorted into 10 categories: pre-1914, WWI, Victoria Cross, WWII, Korean War, Cold War, Peacekeeping, Afghanistan, Domestic, and Other.

Click on the article below to be linked to that article.

 

 

 

Once the library is fully stocked, over 200 articles will be available, including those that discuss well known topics such as: Passchendaele, Remembrance Day, the Korean War, and D-Day, as well as the lesser known stories of Richard Pierpoint, Cynthia Oakley, Operation Husky, Masumi Mitsui, and the Oka Crisis. There will also be a sprinkling of other unique pieces that tell the reader about Canadian history links to: Star Wars’ Weapons, the Call of Duty video game, Dunkirk, and the Enigma Machine.

Shown to the right are the articles: Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit (Hermiston), the Medak Pocket (Croatia), and Diefenbaker, Harkness, and Kennedy (Cuban Missile Crisis).

 

To see our Military History Library, please click HERE or alternately,

on the "Military History Library" in the title bar at the top of this page.


Online Education: Canadian Military History Library

 2017-18: The Character of our Military History

The Character of our Canadian Military History

Cooperation            Courage           Communication

Thoughtfulness       Responsibility        Resilience

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.

The Character of our Canadian Military History program (CCMH) is ideal for groups of 30 (school classes, cadet groups, scouts/girl guides, etc.) and can be adapted to your needs.

 

Available Modules: The Sinking of HMCS Llandovery Castle, Scavenger Hunt (at museum), Artifact Handling, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadian Corps at Hill 70: A Learning Organization, the Iron Harvest.

 

"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."       - J.S., Calgary Board of Education Teacher, Nov. 2017

 

Educator IN CALGARY ?

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? 

Classroom opportunities (Calgary schools):

* Field Trip to The Military Museums in the Autumn of 2017 and Spring of 2018

* Or, a 45-90 minute presentation at your school in your classroom over 1 or 2 periods.

Please note that any requests will be be responded to on a "first come, first serve" basis. Any in-class presentations will be delivered by Valour Canada's educator.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information, please contact our Lead Educator, Aaron Curtis, at aaron.curtis@valourcanada.ca

2017-18: The Character of our 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.

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, with a focus on 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/Lesson Plan (pdf), please click here.

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.

2015-2016 high school program