School Programming Update

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre provides high-quality, curriculum-based educational programming to thousands of Saskatchewan students every year. Our programs engage youth in important conversations about civic participation, history, and human rights.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our ability to deliver in-person educational programming to students throughout the province and has also highlighted the need for more online resources to improve access for our community patrons.

Given current school restrictions and the continued uncertainty regarding in-person program delivery or classroom field trips, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre is excited to offer the Your Voice Matters: Building A Better Saskatchewan as an interactive online program for students.


 

Your Voice Matters: Building a Better Saskatchewan

This fall marks a provincial election year for Saskatchewan. In order to promote civic engagement among youth, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre is now offering Your Voice Matters: Building a Better Saskatchewan (YVM) as an online program.

YVM is funded by Elections Saskatchewan and delivered to students in grades 4-8 throughout Saskatchewan. Through interactive lessons and activities, including an election and provincial legislation simulation, students will learn about the history and structure of Canada’s political system. This curriculum-based program is free to teachers and is designed to provide students with the skills needed for meaningful political, civic, and societal participation.

A follow-up virtual visit with a staff member from the Diefenbaker Canada Centre will provide students with an opportunity to share what they’ve learned, ask questions, and participate in a Canadian Citizenship Challenge!

The centre is excited to continue to contribute to the education of Saskatchewan students and help provide them with engaging learning opportunities.

For more information about the Your Voice Matters online program including how to register, please contact yvm-dief@usask.ca.

Downloadable Programming

Our previous exhibit,Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War, demonstrated to students the impact of the Great War on Saskatchewan and how the people of the province aided and participated in the war. The entire exhibit is available here.

The exhibit allows students to understand the war on a more personal level by relating it to familiar sites and histories. They will learn the history of the University of Saskatchewan, the influence of professors and students during the war, and their experiences as soldiers and volunteer nurses through text, images, and documents. The exhibit is also connected to two curriculum based activities described below:

Why History Matters - Students will further engage with the powerful stories and concepts presented in the gallery tour with a 1-hour curriculum-based educational module. Divided into groups, students will research themes from the exhibits using articles, stories, poems, propaganda, and visuals. They will critically analyze topics including how attitudes changed during the course of the war, significant scientific and munitions developments, the role of women in society, the treatment of First Nations and immigrants, and our remembrance of the war. Students will use their findings to create articles, similar to those published in the campus newspaperThe Sheafduring the war. The articles will be compiled into a newspaper that the students can take back to the classroom.

Do Artefacts Tell Stories? -Students will further engage with the content that was covered in the gallery tour with a 1-hour curriculum-based educational module. Students will be divided into five different groups where they will be at stations within the gallery. At these stations, students will start developing historical thinking skills, such as evidence and interpretation. Each group will do a critical analysis on the artefacts and the pass-around artefacts that are present in the gallery. They will be looking at trench artefacts, trench tools, uniforms, the Vimy Monument, and medals that were given out after the First World War. This information is then complied in an artefact analysis sheet, where students will be answering a series of questions based on their interpretations.

The downloadable programming is available here.

2016 marked the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Saskatchewan. In celebration, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre created the exhibit, Sisters United: Women’s Suffrage in Saskatchewan, which is available online.

Through this exhibit, students will learn about a history that has largely been neglected. They will explore how societal shifts during the mid-1900s affected suffrage, how notable suffragists like Violet McNaughton became agents of change in the province, and how the establishment of farming organizations, such as the Saskatchewan Women Grain Growers’ Association, advanced the movement. Through narrative text, images, documents and newspaper articles, students will examine the history of women’s enfranchisement in the province and its importance in laying the foundation for women’s rights in Canada.

To help students further engage with the personal stories presented in online exhibit, and to connect these to present-day events and issues, the DCC also offers a 1-hour curriculum connected educational module tp download. Through this multimedia program, students will uncover facts about Canadian women activists, past and present, including women from Aboriginal and other marginalized communities, who fought for equality. Discussion topics include political power and authority, the importance of perspective in Canadian history, and the impacts that suffrage activists have had on present-day Canada. Divided into groups, students will research themes from the exhibit using articles, stories and visuals. Through their combined gained knowledge, students create newspaper articles, similar to those written by suffragists during the movement. These are compiled into a mock “Grain Growers’ Guide” newspaper.