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Our four programming formats offer you and your students a wide range of learning experiences in a variety of environments. Each of these programming formats — described below — emphasizes core competencies such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and accommodates visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles.

School Programs

These hands-on sessions are held in one of the Museum’s ateliers, where students investigate a “big idea” using primary and secondary sources (archival images, replica artifacts and living history collections).

Traces of History: The Legacy of Residential Schools – NEW

DESCRIPTION

The legacy of residential schools affects every Canadian. For over 100 years, an estimated 150,000 Indigenous children were placed in residential schools which was a joint initiative between the federal government and Christian churches. Many students at these schools were subject to abuse. Students in this program will hear from residential school survivors to understand the human experience of the system and its intergenerational consequences.

As they tour Museum exhibitions, they will learn about the history of the schools from their inception to closure. They will participate in a collaborative art project that asks them to think critically about their relationship to land and what this means in working towards reconciliation.

This school program discusses explicit content about sexual and physical abuse. Before arriving at the Museum, inform students that if they feel uncomfortable during the visit they can leave the room or exhibition space. Floor-plans will be distributed to teachers at the beginning of the program.

GRADES
ON Grades 9 to 12*
QC Secondary 3 to 4*
DATES START TIME
January, February and March 2020 – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
2 Hours 35 Students
LOCATION
Atelier 4

*Best curriculum link to Grade 10 / Secondary 4

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Exploring and Sorting Natural Materials – NEW

DESCRIPTION

From cedar tree to bentwood box — discover where natural materials come from, and how they are used by Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast. The forests and seas along British Columbia’s west coast are rich in natural resources, from cedar to salmon, abalone to argillite. Since ancient times, coastal Indigenous Peoples have relied upon their environment for food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual sustenance. Join your students as they discover and sort raw materials, apply their knowledge and handle objects made from raw materials.

GRADES
ON Kindergarten to Grade 2
QC Kindergarten to Cycle 1
DATES START TIME
October 7, 2019 to April 24, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 P.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Grand Hall, First Peoples of the Northwest Coast

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An Ancient Bond with the Land

DESCRIPTION

Over the centuries, Canada’s First Peoples have adapted to a vast array of climates, landscapes and environments. Working in small teams, your students will explore the First Peoples Hall to identify ways in which First Peoples met their needs for food, clothing, shelter and transportation using traditional technologies and life-ways. Your students will also draw parallels between these adaptations and their own lives.

GRADES
ON Grades 2 to 6*
QC Cycles 1 to 3*
DATES START TIME
October 7, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
First Peoples Hall

*Best curriculum link to grades 2 and 4 / cycles 1 and 2

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: People and Environments; Heritage and Identity
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Traditions of the Anishinabe (Algonquin)

DESCRIPTION

Explore the continuity of Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture through their traditions, oral histories, the objects they created, and the knowledge that community members have shared with the Museum. Students will explore objects related to six different traditions in Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture, and use the knowledge they acquire to compare Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture with their own.

GRADES
ON Grades 2 to 6*
QC Cycle 2 to Cycle 3*
DATES START TIME
November 4, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Atelier 2 (October to March) and Morning Star Mezzanine (April to June)

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 3 to 5/Cycle 2.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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The Women and Men of the Fur Trade

DESCRIPTION

During the fur trade, Europeans relied heavily on the knowledge of Indigenous women and men. This program highlights multiple perspectives on the fur trade following the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763), and examines the relationships that made trade networks possible. Students will use primary text sources and artifacts to explore the perspectives of Indigenous women, Indigenous men, and Europeans.

GRADES
ON Grades 6 to 8*
QC Cycle 3*
DATES START TIME
November 4, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Atelier 5

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 6 and 7/Cycle 3.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; History
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes

DESCRIPTION

For settlers in New France, adapting to a new land required a different way of life, as well as new interactions and exchanges. Working with replica artifacts from the Museum’s collections, students will explore some of the ways in which the people of New France adapted to their surroundings, and will learn about some of the interactions between European settlers and First Peoples and how they influenced one another.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycle 2 to Secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
November 4, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Atelier 5

*Best curriculum link to grade 5 to 7 / cycle 3 and secondary 1

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; History
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Think Like a Historian

DESCRIPTION

Using the skills employed by historians, students will learn how to uncover the mysteries locked inside every museum object.

When examining an object, museum historians begin with a series of questions. What is this? What is it made of? Who made it? Who used it? How did it get here? Using authentic “mystery” objects from the Museum’s Northwest Coast learning collection, this program trains your students to think like historians. From basic observations and descriptions of their mystery objects, students will build their inquiries to include historical thinking concepts. Further exploration of primary-source artifacts on display will help students identify aspects of continuity and change, as they absorb fresh historical perspectives.

This program replaces Every Object Has Its History: The Northwest Coast.

GRADES
ON Grades 6 to 8*
QC Cycle 3 to Secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
October 7, 2019 to April 24, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. or 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Grand Hall, First Peoples of the Northwest Coast

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 7 and 8/Secondary 1 and 2.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies
QC – History and Citizenship Education

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Baker, “Knead” a Hand?

DESCRIPTION

Children will discover the fascinating secrets behind that most universal of foods, bread! As they make and bake a loaf of their own, they will learn about the variety of flours and breads enjoyed throughout the world, finally delivering their creations to the houses of the International Village. This program gives students an opportunity to learn and practice their measuring and early literacy skills.

GRADES
ON Preschool to Grade 2
QC Preschool to Cycle 1
DATES START TIME
October 1, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Canadian Children’s Museum

*Best curriculum link to kindergarten and grade 1 / kindergarten and cycle 1

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Language, Mathematics, Personal and Social Development; Social Studies: People and Environments
QC – Competencies 1 to 6; Arts Education, Languages, Mathematics, Geography

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History in Your Hands

DESCRIPTION

Connect your students to Indigenous history as they discover objects from Canada’s Northwest Coast.

Museum objects come in all shapes and sizes, and can tell us a great deal about the communities from which they come. Using various objects, students will have an opportunity to learn about the dozens of distinct Indigenous communities in Canada’s Northwest Coast. Your students will handle primary sources from the Museum’s learning collection, and use observation and historical thinking to discover what these objects are, what they’re made of, and who might have used them.

This program replaces Every Object Has Its History: The Northwest Coast.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 5*
QC Cycle 2 and 3*
DATES START TIME
October 7, 2019 to April 24, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. or 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Grand Hall, First Peoples of the Northwest Coast

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 3 and 4/Cycle 2.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Communities in Canada; Early Societies
QC – Geography; History and Citizenship Education

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Music Works!

DESCRIPTION

Take your students on a musical odyssey to far-off places! Children play the roles of musicians and storytellers from Indonesia and Nigeria, learning some useful techniques and musical beats while preparing for their performances. Music Works! promotes intercultural understanding as children explore the role of music in communities around the world.

GRADES
ON Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4*
QC Pre-Kindergarten to Cycle 2*
DATES START TIME
October 1, 2019 to June 19, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 35 Students
LOCATION
Canadian Children’s Museum

*There are two versions of this program:

  • Version One: ON – Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2/QC – Pre-Kindergarten to Cycle 2
  • Version Two: ON – Grades 3 and 4/QC – Cycle 2

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; People and Environments; Arts: Dance, Music
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship; Arts Education: Music, Dance

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In-Gallery Explorations

Whet your students’ historical curiosity through interactive explorations of the Canadian History Hall. Props, games, and stories will spark their imaginations while making Canadian history accessible. Discover Canada’s past today.

Early Canada: Indigenous Technologies and Adaptations – NEW

DESCRIPTION

Discover the ingenuity and technologies of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples over the millennia. Your students will learn about many unique Indigenous tools and equipment, created from materials available in the environment. Through a dynamic and challenging quest, students will explore the Canadian History Hall as they discover how Indigenous Peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s many challenging climates. This program is designed to help students appreciate the innovations of Indigenous Peoples and their respect for the environment.

GRADES
ON Grades 2 to 6
QC Cycle 1 to 3
DATES START TIME
January 13, 2020 to April 24, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Students
LOCATION
Canadian History Hall – Gallery 1
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Colonial Canada: From 1763 to 1914 – NEW

DESCRIPTION

From British North America to the Dominion of Canada, immerse your students in the evolution of this country as they explore Colonial Canada in the Canadian History Hall. Students will look into life in pre-confederation Canada (1763–1867) through hands-on activities like an examination of the Union Jack, then scour the exhibition for objects that tell stories of the post-Confederation period (1867–1914). This program will help students improve their historical understanding of the country we call Canada.

GRADES
ON Grades 6 to 8
QC Cycle 3
DATES START TIME
January 13, 2020 to April 24, 2020 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Students
LOCATION
Canadian History Hall – Gallery 2
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Globe Trekkers at the Canadian Children’s Museum

DESCRIPTION

Based on the concept of learning through play, these multisensory, interactive programs promote students’ awareness of themselves and others. In the exciting and colourful international environment of the Canadian Children’s Museum, children explore how people live, work and interact in communities around the world.

GRADES
ON Preschool to Grade 4
QC Preschool to Cycle 2
DATES START TIME
Available year-round Upon availability
DURATION GROUP SIZE
60 Minutes 30 Maximum

*Best curriculum link to preschool to grade 2 / preschool to cycle 1

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Guided Tour

Students are taken on an engaging 45-minute guided tour throughout the Museum.

A Museum Overview – NEW

DESCRIPTION

This hands-on guided tour explores the many amazing sights and stories at the Canadian Museum of History. A great introduction to the Museum, students will come away with a taste from three of our major exhibitions. They will gain an appreciation for the lives and contributions of those who came before us.

GRADES
ON Grades 7 to 12
QC Secondary 1 to 5
DATES START TIME
Available year-round 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 20 Students
LOCATION
Throughout the Museum
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Indigenous Peoples – NEW

DESCRIPTION

Ancestral technologies and oral histories have been a part of Indigenous culture for centuries. During this hands-on guided tour, students will gain an understanding and appreciation for how traditional practices have impacted history in Canada from time immemorial to the present.

GRADES
ON Grades 7 to 12
QC Secondary 1 to 5
DATES START TIME
Available year-round 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 20 Students
LOCATION
Grand Hall, First Peoples Hall
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History of Canada – NEW

DESCRIPTION

Walk through Canada’s history from time immemorial to the present. This hands-on guided tour takes students through three galleries of the Canadian History Hall, highlighting key objects, people and important stories they may have missed in history class.

GRADES
ON Grades 7 to 12
QC Secondary 1 to 5
DATES START TIME
Available year-round 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 20 Students
LOCATION
Canadian History Hall
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Gallery Activity Sheets

Students explore the Museum galleries using printed tools.

It’s Your History!

DESCRIPTION

This activity sheet is intended for students who visit the Canadian Museum of History. It offers them an engaging and thought-provoking self-guided exploration of four permanent exhibitions located on Level 1 of the Museum: the Grand Hall, From Time Immemorial: Tsimshian Prehistory, the First Peoples Hall and the Canadian Stamp Collection. Students will make their way through the exhibitions by answering questions that require observation, comparison, reflection and exploration.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycles 2 to secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
Available year-round During regular hours
DURATION LOCATION
45 Minutes (Expected Duration) Throughout the Museum

*Best curriculum link to grade 3 to 6 / cycles 2 and 3

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