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The Canadian Patriotic Fund, 1914–1919

The Canadian Patriotic Fund was a private organization which co-coordinated fundraising and provided monthly grants to wives and dependents of soldiers during the First World War. In this lesson, students will explore the role of the Canadian Patriotic Fund and learn more about the impact of war on the home front. Learn more


Hidden History of the Poppy

Amid the blasting bombs, lifeless bodies, and muddy trenches of the Great War, bright red poppies flourished in Flanders Fields, Belgium. This sight inspired a poem that moved the British Empire. Now, each Remembrance Day, many people wear the red flower to honour those who died at war. Share with your students how the poppy became an enduring symbol. 
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A Bear in War

When Lawrence Rogers was fighting overseas during the First World War, he exchanged hundreds of letters with his family back home. As the war progressed, his daughter decided that her dad needed some extra protection, so she sent her beloved stuffed bear "Teddy." A Bear in War shares Teddy's remarkable journey. This book is a gentle introduction to war, to Remembrance Day, and to the honour of those who have served their countries. Learn more

Discover Your Local Cenotaph

In almost every Canadian city, town, and village, you’ll find a cenotaph, honouring those who fought and died for our country. With this activity students are encouraged to explore their community landscape and community history through their local cenotaph. Learn more

Remembering the Great War

In this special digital issue of Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, you will find stories about major battles, about kids’ lives back home, and about how anger around conscription divided the country. You will also find links to lesson plans, classroom activities, and much more. Learn more

Canada’s History Archive featuring The Beaver

Please note: Some items featured in our newsletters and social media will include links to the Canada’s History Archive. The Beaver magazine was founded, and for decades was published, during eras shaped by colonialism. Concepts such as racial, cultural, or gender equality were rarely, if ever, considered by the magazine or its contributors. In earlier issues, readers will find comments and terms now considered to be derogatory. Canada’s History Society cautions readers to explore the archive using historical thinking concepts — not only analyzing the content but asking questions of who shaped the content and why.

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