Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day

Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day honour those who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.

In Alberta, students engage in opportunities to demonstrate some of the qualities, attributes and values of an engaged thinker and ethical citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit, as described in the 2013 Ministerial Order on Student Learning. Learning about our national history and Canada’s role in significant world events is an important and valued part of social studies in Alberta. In high school social studies courses, students may examine the contributions of Canada’s military as part of their consideration of globalization, the pursuit of nationalism and internationalism and the roles and responsibilities of citizens in times of conflict. The K-12 Social Studies Program of Studies (français) also provides opportunities for students in all grades to examine current affairs, such as this year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. 

The online resources on this page are intended to help teachers, students and families learn about, honour and remember all those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace. When available, the French version of the resource is provided and noted as (français). 

Online Resources

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Aboriginal Veterans: Stories of Honour and Heroism (français). This website contains information about the stories of Aboriginal men and women who fought and contributed to the war effort during both World Wars and the Korean War. Links and an activity for students are listed at the bottom of the page. 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Vimy Ridge Remembered (available in English only). This webpage describes the battle at Vimy Ridge and includes eyewitness accounts, links to information on the memorial and articles on student visits to the site.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada Digital Archives
These digital radio and television archives cover a number of topics, including Canada’s involvement in war (français). The following pages may be useful for Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day:

Canadian Geographic Education
This webpage provides a geographical perspective of events surrounding the Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy, known as Operation Husky (français), in July 1943. The webpage contains numerous activities for students.

Canadian War Museum (français)
This website contains history and statistics on Canada’s involvement in military conflicts. Resources for students (français) and teachers (français), including a Remembrance Day toolkit, (français) are available.

Historica Canada
Marion Orr (français): This webpage provides a brief history and contains a Heritage Minute video of a Canadian woman who flew military aircraft during World War II.
John McCrae (français): This webpage provides a brief history and contains a Heritage Minute video of John McCrae, a Canadian soldier of the First World War and the author of “In Flanders Fields.” This webpage also includes a lesson plan to accompany the video.

Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association  
The Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association’s mission is to educate all Canadians on the role of Canada’s soldiers in the Battle of Hong Kong and the effects of Japanese internment on the battle’s survivors (i.e., soldiers and families). This website includes information about the association and provides a Teachers’ Zone that contains teaching resources, lessons, and details about the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association Cross-Canada Writing Contest.  (To access the French webpages on this site, go to the English page and click the “français” link in the top right-hand corner.)

Juno Beach Centre (français)
This website contains information on Juno Beach in Normandy, France, where Canadians landed on D-Day (June 6, 1944) including numerous teacher resources (français). To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Juno Beach Centre has included extra information (français) on their website. There are also photos (français) of the Juno Beach Centre, a museum and cultural centre dedicated to the war efforts of all Canadians during the Second World War.
Critical Challenge: Three Dramatic Events (français). This webpage provides suggested activities for grade 5 students regarding the dramatic effects of the First World War, the Great Depression and the economic boom immediately following the Second World War by assessing the impact of these events on Canada’s economic well-being. 

Library and Archives Canada
Canada at War: A Guide to Library and Archives Canada’s Websites Recalling the Canadian War Experience (français). This webpage provides resources exploring Canada’s contributions to military and peacekeeping operations at home and around the world. Each link leads to a virtual exhibition or a database of primary source documents.   

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
The National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces department of the federal government provides opportunities for students to write messages to Canadian Forces members (français).  
No Stone Left Alone (français)
This website contains information about the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation. The organization’s mission is to have a poppy placed on every soldier’s headstone to honour fallen Canadian soldiers. The foundation provides an opportunity for junior high school students to become part of Remembrance Day ceremonies and to volunteer to place poppies in a local cemetery. A link to a live-streaming video of this year’s ceremony (November 6, 2014) will be posted on their homepage. This organization’s founder is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Royal Canadian Legion  
This website contains information about the Legion’s Poppy Campaign and resources including a teaching guide, contests and various songs, including ceremony music, for Remembrance Day ceremonies. (To access the French webpages on this site, go to the top of the English page and click “FR”.)

The Memory Project (français)
This website contains stories from veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War and their experiences in combat, behind the lines and elsewhere during the wars. This site includes a search option (français) to find veterans’ stories based on hometown, training base and conflict, and provides lesson plans (français) for the classroom. 

Veterans Affairs Canada (français)
This website is dedicated to highlighting the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war, armed conflict and peace. It contains educational resources that may be ordered online or downloaded.

  • The First World War (français): This webpage offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about Canada’s role in the First World War.
  • The Second World War (français): This webpage offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about Canada's role in the Second World War.
  • Aboriginal-Canadian Veterans (français): This webpage contains information about the response of Aboriginal soldiers to the wars, their sacrifices, achievements and outstanding accomplishments in both World Wars and the Korean War.  
  • Women and War (français): This webpage contains information on the contribution of Canadian women in times of war, military conflict and peace. First-person stories, photographs and links are provided.
  • Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (français): This webpage contains biographical information on Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, author of the poem, “In Flanders Fields.”
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) (français): This webpage contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of Canadians and Newfoundlanders who gave their lives for their country. This site also contains photographs and personal memorabilia about individual Canadians.
  • Heroes Remember (français): This webpage contains video interviews with Canadian Veterans of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and today’s Canadian military. Veterans provide first-person accounts of their service to Canada and share anecdotes of their experiences.
  • Students (français): This webpage features information on the learning resources produced specifically for students.
  • Educators (français): This webpage contains various learning and teaching resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.