Culture Days

Culture Days is a free Canada-wide event focused on celebrating the importance of arts and culture! It is a way for Canadians to explore and appreciate a wide variety of artistic expressions and to develop a deeper connection to their communities. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages every Friday to participate in a new DCC Culture Days activity!

For more information on Culture Days including a complete schedule of events and how you can participate, please visit https://culturedays.ca/en 

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Virtual Postcards

The DCC wants you to look at the way we communicate, past and present. Through the intersection of modern and old technology, use our virtual template to design your own postcard! Email it to us and let us know where you are and what culture means to you! Don’t forget to include your address and we will send you a traditional postcard in return! Virtual postcards will be collected and turned into an amazing collage on our website, representing the importance of culture, communication and togetherness. Now, more than ever, connection is everything!

2020 Culture Days Schedule

 

Curate Your Own Event

Everyone can be a curator! The Diefenbaker Canada Centre invites you to showcase the 'Unexpected Intersections' in your life through the everyday objects, heritage keepsakes, or oddities in your house. Once you have created your exhibit post it to your social media platforms and tag @diefcentre so we can share your creativity with our audience throughout Culture Days!

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Colouring Sheet Printables

Diefenbaker Building Colouring Sheet

While the Diefenbaker Building remains closed, we welcome you to explore your artistic side by bringing the building to life with our new colouring sheet!

Great Flag Debate Colouring Sheet

Canada had two different official flags before the current maple leaf flag was adopted in 1965 — the Union Jack (1867-1945) and the Red Ensign (1945-1965). By the late 1950s, a large majority of Canadians approved of having a Canadian flag that was different from that of other countries. In 1963, Prime Minister Lester Pearson introduced the idea of a new flag, one that would represent the independence and unity of Canada. Over 2600 flag designs were sent in by people across the country and a committee narrowed them down to a select few, thus beginning the Great Flag Debate before the iconic red maple leaf was chosen.

How would you design a new flag to represent Canada? Use your imagination and creativity to create your own version of the Canadian flag and send it us at dief.centre@usask.ca so it can be displayed on our website!

Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan

Touching on themes from our online exhibit, Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan, these colouring sheets will let you explore the women's movement in our province through art!

Printable sheets are suitable for all ages.

My "One Canada" Bookmark Colouring Page

John G. Diefenbaker wished for all Canadians to have equal rights no matter what race, ethnicity, culture, gender, or region they were from. He called this vision "One Canada". What's your vision for One Canada? Draw your vision for One Canada on this bookmark!

Suitable for all ages. 

Marlin Colouring Sheet

The marlin highlights Diefenbaker's love for fishing and is on display in the Prime Minister's Office replica room at the DCC. Colour your own marlin by downloading this colouring sheet!

Suitable for all ages. 

Connect the Dots

National Flag of Canada

Canada had two different official flags before the current maple leaf flag was adopted in 1965—the Union Jack (1867-1945) and the Red Ensign (1945-1965). By the late 1950s, a large majority of Canadians approved of having a Canadian flag that was different from that of other countries. In 1963, Prime Minister Lester Pearson introduced the idea of a new flag, one that would represent the independence and unity of Canada. 

In 1965, the new National Flag of Canada was established, featuring two red bars surrounding a red maple leaf on a white background. The maple leaf has been a symbol of Canada’s land and people for over 300 years. Red and white have been affiliated with France and England dating back to the clothing of French and English crusaders in the 11th Century and were adopted as Canada’s official national colours in 1921.

Draw lines connecting the numbers and letters below. Reveal the maple leaf and colour in Canada’s National Flag!

Crossword Puzzles

Canadian Bill of Rights

In 1960 the Bill of Rights was introduced and passed in parliament as the first piece of federal legislation to protect the rights of Canadians nationally. This Bill, a lifelong dream of John Diefenbaker, lives on as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms embodies many elements of the Bill of Rights. Learn all about Diefenbaker’s journey in creating the Bill, its effect, and legacy while completing this crossword! All the answers can be found in the DCC’s 2012 online exhibit “The Canadian Bill of Rights". 

(Hints on the next page).

Unity, Diversity, and Justice

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre's Unity, Diversity, and Justice online exhibit explores Canada’s approach to human rights declarations and actions both on domestic and international levels. Strengths and weaknesses of various human rights documents, amendments, and declarations of Canada and the United Nations are explored. All the answers can be found in the Diefenbaker Canada Centre's Unity, Diversity, and Justice online exhibit, here

(Hints on the next page). 

The Diefenbaker Legacy

This crossword touches on main themes from the Diefenbaker Canada Centre's Fostering a Vision for Canada: The Diefenbaker Legacy exhibit, which explores the life of John G. Diefenbaker. Starting from his birth in Neustadt, Ontario, the exhibit moves through his life as a visionary, a lawyer, and a Prime Minister. Delving into his "One Canada" dream, his relations with the USA, his devotion to the monarchy, his bond with the “average Canadian”and the love he had for his family, the exhibit looks at his impact on Canada in not only his time but our time. Good Luck! 

(Hints on the next page.)

Maze Activities

Where's the Diefenbaker Building?

While the Diefenbaker Building remains closed, we invite you to test your skills by finding the building from various locations across Saskatoon. Have fun exploring Saskatoon!

Spot the Differences

Can you spot the differences between the two images of John G. Diefenbaker's replica office? Put your eyes (and mind) to the test.

Printable sheet is suitable for all ages.

I Spy Puzzles

PMO's I Spy Puzzle

Help the staff at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre to find a list of items inside the Prime Minister's Office!

I spy puzzle is suitable for all ages.

Word Search Printables

Deo et Patriae Word Search

Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War was on display in the Diefenbaker Canada Centre gallery from April 2017 - December 15th, 2017 and continues to be available as an online exhibit. This exhibit highlights the achievements and sacrifices of individuals from the University, examines the U of S community’s role in the War effort, the War’s impact on campus life and education, and the legacy of the War that is commemorated in the memorials throughout campus.

Word search game is suitable for ages +6 years.

Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan

Incorporating key words from our online exhibit, Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan, this fun word search activity will keep you searching for all 25 words! 

Word search game is suitable for ages +6 years.

Haunted Places in Saskatchewan

This Halloween, celebrate with a spooky word search containing the names of some of the most haunted places in Saskatchewan. Do you know any of these stories? Have you visited any of these places? We encourage you to look into the haunting tales of all the places listed. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

Word search game is suitable for ages +6 years.

Fortune Tellers

Canadian Trivia Fortune Teller

Print and fold your own fortune teller. Pick the questions that make you the most curious and reveal interesting trivia about Canada!

Fortune teller activity is suitable for ages +6 years. 

Art Projects

Above the Walk Out, Silk screen print, edition of 7in x 7in print on 10in x 10in paper
Above the Walk Out, Silk screen print, edition of 7in x 7in print on 10in x 10in paper

The Lake Dives Where the Earth Curves

By artist David Trautrimas

Inspired by the technology, architecture, history, and landscape of a bygone military era, this body of work explores David’s experiences as a youth in Prince Edward County, Ontario. This art installation complements the Diefenbaker Canada Centre’s exhibit ‘Touch the Sky: The Story of Avro Canada’ through their shared connection to the Avro Arrow, and is on display at the centre. 

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Feeling inspired? Here is an art project for you!

  • Pigments of ImaginationThrough various methods and media, Trautrimas's art often plays with architecture—how it can be broken down into component parts and reassembled to make something new. Explore and deconstruct the architecture in your community by drawing, painting or using mixed materials to create Trautimas-inspired artwork using a limited array of colours and shapes. Don't forget to snap a picture and share it on social media, and tag the us (@diefcentre and @trautrimas) so that we can repost your creations. 

Photography Projects

MuseumWeek 2020: Culture in Quarantine

Following the #ArtinQuaratine initiative by the Getty Museum, join in the fun and try your hand at replicating some candid Diefenbaker moments!

Have a look through our suggested photo collection or find your own inspiration from our online exhibits. Choose a photo, use clothing and props from your home, or recreate the image in crayons, paint or pencil, and share your artistic interpretation with us (@diefcentre) on social media!! We will repost your photo as a side-by-side comparison for the world to admire! And don't forget to tag #museumweek2020 or #museumweek.

University of Saskatchewan Archives JGD200 Photo Credit: Kirsten Falzarano
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Photo Collection

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