Remembrance Day

Canadian soldieirs returning from Vimy Ridge Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour Canadian War Museum George Metcalf ARchival Collection 19920085-295

Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge
Photo courtesy of the Vimy Ridge Foundation, colourized by Canadian Colour
Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection 19920085-295

Lest we forget

November 11     Remembrance Day

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November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. On this day we honour Canadians who fought and died in wars. Many communities have special events and parades on Remembrance Day.

Watch this Remembrance Day ad from the Government of Canada

Red poppies

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... Photo by Pixabay

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow …
Photo by Pixabay

Sixty thousand Canadians died in World War I. Many were buried in Flanders fields in Belgium. Red poppies grow on the graves in the fields. Red poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. People donate to help veterans by buying poppies from veterans on the street.

Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McRae wrote a famous poem about war and the poppies called In Flanders Fields.

 

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Listen to the story Remembrance Day 
 Reading by: Patty Bossort

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Resources:

Learn more about the poem, In Flanders Fields, and the man who wrote it.

Watch this video, The Poppy Story from Poppy Scotland Education.

Watch this video, The Tower of London Poppies in England. 88,246 bright red ceramic poppies are planted at the Tower of London. Each poppy represents a soldier who died in the First World War.

Look at these resources for teachers and educators provided by the Vimy Foundation about the upcoming centennial of Vimy Ridge in their Vimy 100 in the Classroom.

Contest for young Canadians aged 14 – 17. Vimy Pilgrimage Award. 

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle at Vimy Ridge. 

Learn more about The Battle at Vimy Ridge.

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016

Mammoths! Giants of the Ice Age

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You can see woolly mammoths and other ice Age animals at the Royal BC Museum. Photo - Royal BC Museum

You can see woolly mammoths and other ice Age animals at the Royal BC Museum.
Photo – Royal BC Museum

In June, a special exhibit opened at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. The exhibit is called Mammoths! Giants of the Ice Age.

Visitors can learn about life in British Columbia during the Ice Age. The Ice Age was from 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago.

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The mammoth exhibit is open at the Royal BC Museum until December 31, 2016. For information, go to: www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Story reprinted from The Westcoast Reader newspaper,  September / October 2016

 

Kayaks: from the old to the new

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Andrew in a skin on frame kayak
Photo courtesy of Cape Falcon Kayak

Adapted from Wikipedia and the links below by Nancy Carson
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Many people in Canada love to be outdoors.
Some like to paddle on B.C.’s lakes or on oceans nearby.
A favorite boat of outdoor people is the canoe.
The word “canoe” came from kenu in the Carib language,
and canoa from Spanish. These words mean “dugout”.
A dugout is a boat made from a log.
Another favorite boat is the kayak.
Kayak is a word from the Inuit people.
It means “man’s boat”.

Reading by: Jessica Heafey


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