The following teacher resources are designed to easily incorporate the themes of active citizenship, leadership, and Canadian history into the classroom. Each resource provides a lesson plan and printable activities, which correspond with one of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre's online exhibits.
If you have any questions on how to use our resources in your classroom, please contact us.
Suffrage Education Program
In connection with the DCC's in-house produced exhibit "Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan" an educational program has been created that is free to download and use in the classroom! There are unique programs for three groups: Grades 4-5, 6-9, and 10-12.
The entire fully bilingual exhibit is available to view online, or can be downloaded here. All program materials can be downloaded below. Additional printable resources for your classroom can be found on our printable activities page.
Canadian Bill of Rights Educational Activity
This activity is designed to familiarize students with the evolution of human rights in Canada. Students will look at and discuss various primary documents provided by the Diefenbaker Canada Center. Consult the online primary documents and The Canadian Bill of Rights online exhibit as resources.
Enfranchisement of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Educational Activity
This activity provides students with varied viewpoints on the issue of extending the franchise to the First Nations. Students will have the opportunity to examine documents and materials related to the position of the Canadian government, the First Nations, and international organizations like the United Nations. Consult the online primary documents and The Enfranchisement of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Online Exhibit as resources.
Ellen Fairclough Educational Activity
This activity covers broad areas of learning, including Canadian history, government, and human rights. Students will have the opportunity to discuss Fairclough's plans, goals, and intentions throughout her political career. This activity also encourages students to examine the struggle for women's rights in Canada and the role of women in Canadian government today. Consult the online primary documents and The Appointment of Ellen Fairclough Online Exhibit as resources.
The Federal Elections of 1957-1958 Educational Activity
This activity encourage students to think critically about messages they see in the media. Students will evaluate and critique images, ask questions, and confer with their classmates about what they mean. A follow-up activity encourages students to create a visual identity for themselves and participate in a mock election campaign. Consult the documents below and the Federal Elections of 1957-1958 Online Exhibit as resources.
Canada's Role in the International Community
Do Artefacts Tell Stories? - Great War Program
Students can further engage with the content in the online exhibit "Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War" with a 1-hour curriculum-based educational module. Students can be divided into five groups, with which they will rotate through five stations, each with a different set of images of artifacts. At these stations, students will start developing historical thinking skills, such as evidence and interpretation. Each group will do a critical analysis on the artifacts. They will be looking at trench artifacts, trench tools, uniforms, the Vimy Monument, and medals that were given out after the First World War. This information is then compiled in an artifact analysis sheet, where students will be answering a series of questions based on their interpretations.
All program materials can be downloaded below.
Why History Matters - Great War Program (Grades 6-12)
Students in Grades 6-12 can further engage with the content in the online exhibit "Deo et Patriae - For God and Country: The University of Saskatchewan and the Great War" with a 1-hour curriculum-based educational module. Divided into five groups, students will research themes from the exhibit 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 Indigenous people and immigrants, and our remembrance of the war. Students will use their findings to create articles, similar to those published in the campus newspaper The Sheaf during the war. The articles will be compiled into a newspaper that the students can take back to the classroom.
All necessary materials can be downloaded below.
Nuclear Question Educational Activity
This activity will introduce students to the workings of the Cabinet and its Ministers, as well as the historical debate over nuclear weapons in Canada. A follow-up activity encourages the students to analyze the changing stance of Canada on nuclear armament and develop personal responses to the issue. Consult the documents below and The Nuclear Question in Canada Online Exhibit as resources.
The Crown in Canada Educational Activity
This activity is designed to introduce students to the complex relationship which exists between Canada and the British Monarchy, and conceptualize the relationship between Commonwealth nations and the Crown. Consult the online primary documents and The Crown in Canada Online Exhibit as resources.
Cuban Missile Crisis
This activity is designed to help students gain a thorough understanding of the events that constituted the Cuban Missile Crisis. View the online exhibit for Canada's Role in the Cuban Missile Crisis in your classroom to expand on this activity.
Download the activity materials below.