Hands-On Canadian History: Women’s Rights to Vote

By the time of World War I, women will still not even considered people. They weren’t allowed vote. Through leadership of strong women such as Nellie McClung, suffragettes lobbied the government hard to change things and earn the women’s rights to vote. The Dessert Vote I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like dessert of […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion was the biggest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb, caused when two ships collided in Halifax harbour. One of the ships was filled with ammunition and other explosives, ready to head to Europe for the armies fighting in World War I, the other was late and in a hurry. In the aftermath […]

Hands-on Canadian History: World War I – Brodie Helmet

When the world went to war in 1914, Canada joined in, sending forces to Europe to aid the cause. Our soldiers fought bravely and were featured in some key battles, such as Vimy Ridge. An important part of WWI uniforms was a Brodie helmet –  a metal dome helm with a brim and a chin strap. Here is […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Boer War – Victoria Cross

In 1899, Britain goes to war with the Boers, a group of Dutch Colonialists who were living in South Africa. Canada joins in, sending troops to support the British. Our first opportunity to prove ourselves in war, Canada’s success through several intense battles gives us a very good reputation. After the war, four Canadian soldiers […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Residential Schools

One of the darkest parts of Canadian history is the use of residential schools for native children. Youngsters were removed from their families and homes, forced to wear European style clothing, had their braids cut off, punished for speaking their native language and required to become “civilized.” Children were seriously abused and mistreated. Shockingly, the […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush in 1896 set off the wild excitement of discovery. People from all over risked treacherous land hiking with all their belongings to the rugged wilds of the Yukon just for the chance to find gold and get rich. There IS something thrilling about the chance of discovering something special. Kids in particular […]

Hands-On Canadian History: Louis Riel and the Metis

Louis Riel was the leader of the Metis people – descendants of families with one European parent and one Native one. Worried that their land and rights were being taken away, Louis Riel led them through a rebellion. He escaped capture by fleeing the to States.  He returned to Canada, where a few years later […]

Hands-On Canadian History: The Canadian Railroad

One of the main things that Prime Minister John A. MacDonald wanted to accomplish during his time in office was to create the Canadian Railroad, stretching from one side of the country to the other. It was a very hard task – with surveying and building and blasting and horrific working conditions. Sadly, many of […]

Hands-On Canadian History: When the Provinces and Territories Joined Canada

The provinces and territories of Canada have been ever changing since the country first became official in 1867. At first, it was just a few provinces, but over time, has grown to become the 2nd largest country in the world. Between 1867 and today, Canada has divided its land into 13 distinct provinces and territories, […]