Veterans’ Week in Canada is a time to honour the people who have served our country in times of conflict, war and peace. Every year, on November 11th, Remembrance Day is observed to remember those who have died in the line of duty. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Veterans Affairs Canada has compiled many activities, articles, and videos to help us remember.
It is important to note that Indigenous Canadians played a significant role in the Canadian military during both World Wars. You can explore their history and involvement in the NFB film Forgotten Warriors or articles provided by the department of National Defense and the Canadian Forces.
Historica Canada has created an online collection of resources that include information on the First and Second World Wars, along with links to other activities.
The Faces of Freedom podcast can be used in the classroom to share the stories of brave soldiers who served in the Second World War.
Project ’44 is an online, interactive and immersive map that explores the First Canadian Army as it fought from Normandy to the Netherlands. Lesson plans for educators are included and can be downloaded in PDF format.
Also, check out the Second World War Home Learning Corner. It has a great deal of learning activities for students of all ages that can be completed at home with the support of parents or teachers.
Many of these resources can be found on the Library Services webpage by following Information databases>Elementary or Secondary>History and Geography > Canada at War. For additional information on accessing these digital or physical resources, contact your school library professional, or email us at LRC@hcdsb.org.