Resource Topics

History | Geography | Aboriginal Education | Social Studies, Social Justice and Global Issues | Speakers, Museums and Field Trips



Canada’s History – Magazine and website that includes history lesson plans, resources, field trips, webinars, heritage fairs and more.

Manitoba Historical Society

Canada 150 – Recording Your Life Story or Family Stories and Canada’s Untold Stories for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Manitobia – Digital Resources on Manitoba’s History – Manitobia hosts primary and secondary source information (books, PDFs, videos, photographs, and other archival material) relevant to Manitoba’s history. Grade 3-12 lesson plans are also available for teachers of Canadian History.

Historica Canada Lesson Plans – available for all grade levels and time periods.

The Memory Project – a collection of stories and visuals about Canada’s military endeavours. Includes lesson plans and classroom connections with downloadable learning tools and access to the Veterans Stories database. Currently-serving and veterans of the Canadian Forces are available year-round as speakers for your students. The Witnesses to Our History DVD is also available for free from The Memory Project website.

The Canadian Encyclopedia – a collection of secondary sources on Canadian historical events and themes. Includes a learning centre with themed timelines of Canadian history.

Heritage Minutes – short videos in significant events in Canadian history brought to you by Historica Canada.

Mapping 1812 – This is War of 1812 teaching guide put out by the Association for Canadian Studies focuses on mapping and the different groups that participated in the war.

THEN/HiER – is the first pan-Canadian organization devoted to promoting—and improving—history teaching and learning by bringing together the multiple and varied constituencies involved in history education. Their goal is to create more research-informed practice (from kindergarten to graduate school) and more practice-informed research through dialogue among these various communities. Regular publications are available for download here.

Historical Thinking Project – based on the 6 historical thinking concepts the website describes the concepts, includes lesson plans and other resources to help teachers use these concepts in their history classrooms.

Canada History – includes access to primary documents and write ups on significant and important historical events, places and people within Canada.

Fur: The Fabric of a Nation – This kit booked through the Costume Museum of Canada is a social science program suitable for students in grades five through ten which promotes knowledge and discussion of the fur trade in Canada. The case includes samples of furs. Other travelling exhibits and educational programmes are available from the Costume Museum of Canada.

ArcGIS Online for WWI – includes interactive maps for different battlefields and themes for Canada in WWI.

Canada in Afghanistan – This website provides K-12 lesson plans about Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Students who graduate this year were only starting school when the Canadian Armed Forces first deployed to Afghanistan in 2001. The mission has been a key part of what this generation understands of the world we live in today. Using the lesson plans below, we encourage educators to help young people become involved in understanding the mission and the role of Canada’s military in defending peace and security around the world. Classroom visits by a guest speaker, e-cards to veterans, and a toolkit can also be arranged through this website.

Veteran’s Affairs Canada – Teacher Resources – This website provides resources on major battles and wars, Remembrance Day, and for symbols relevant to Canada’s military history. Toolkits, lesson plans, images & videos, publications, posters and more are available online and through order.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre – Database for teachers and librarians of Canadian history books for grades 4-8 sorted by curriculum themes.

Association for Canadian Studies – ACS is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to increase Canadians’ knowledge of their country’s history via conferences, publications, learning materials and research. With resources in both French and English, this site offers articles and teaching guides. Additionally, ACS also presents a yearly conference on the subject of Canadian history, geography, politics, and education. Free digital copies of Canadian Issues/Thèmes canadiens are available for interested teachers (limited quantities) from James Ondrick at ACS.



Canadian Geographic Education – great resources including lesson plans, classroom activities and a learning centre

The Great Canadian Geography Challenge – The Geography Challenge is a national student competition designed to foster an interest in geography among young Canadians, and to raise the profile of geography with teachers and the public. Registration opens late-fall 2014.

Geography Education – This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.

Heart of the Arctic – The Royal Canadian Mint has created a website to celebrate and learn about Arctic Exploration geared towards primary and middle school classes

FoodQuest – is an online video-game and new educational tool that addresses the complex linkages between food insecurity, poverty, and chronic disease. Developed by the the Public Health Agency of Canada and a diverse working group comprised of representatives from government, academia, non-profit organizations, food security and health experts.

EcoKids – award winning environmental education site from Earth Day Canada. Includes lesson plans, over 50 online games, a literacy resource centre and more.

Tree Canada – This site is designed for teachers and schools who wish to go green(er). Resources and funding are available for schools who wish to develop outdoor classrooms, promote tree planting, or learn about Canada’s forests and their preservation.

System Change – The Council of Canadians’ “System Change not Climate Change” project launched September 2011 to support a growing and vibrant global movement for climate justice. System Change is about raising awareness and transforming this awareness into action. The project aims to inspire collective actions to advance climate justice in communities across Canada and the world.

Aboriginal Education

We Stand Together – In partnership with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) , Free The Children’s We Stand Together campaign provides educators with resources to educate students about Aboriginal cultures, experiences, rights and history, and helps educators address calls for increased Aboriginal content in curriculum.

Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba – includes information about the treaties and ongoing efforts to strengthen them.


Social Studies, Social Justice and Global Issues

Your Power to Choose – Elections Manitoba resource to help students learn about elections

Elections Canada – Elections Canada has many resources for early through senior years teachers looking for civics lessons.

Governor General of Canada’s Eduzone – Resource Kits, on-Site (Ottawa), in space (with astronaut Chris Hadfield) and online activities and lesson plans are available from The Governor General of Canada.

Voices into Action – a FREE comprehensive on-line program for secondary students that will develop the knowledge and attitudes to promote social justice in very practical ways.  This mobile-ready program provides valuable interdisciplinary resources for secondary subject areas.  Teachers are able to customize the student experience by selecting the units and the order in which they are presented to students.  Lesson plans, curriculum connections, rubrics, assessments and customizable handouts are included. The five units satisfy  curriculum requirements for many secondary school courses and explore many significant human rights issues, such as:   the Aboriginal Experience, Islamophobia, Cyberbullying, Gender Issues, Examining the Holocaust, and the Irish Catholics.

101 Things – list of 101 things that Canadians should know about Canada. Includes information about each item.

Learning Bird – Teachers can use Learning Bird as a classroom resource, as well as view lessons created by other teachers.

Centre for Human Rights Research – University of Manitoba Speakers Bureau has presentations on social studies, law, global issues and history for students in grades 7-12.

Exploring Humanitarian Law – EHL is an education program that introduces young people (ages13-18) to the basic rules and principles of international humanitarian law. EHL shows how the law protects life and human dignity during armed conflict.

National Film Board of Canada – access to films and resources through their online CAMPUS program.

Canadian Red Cross: International Humanitarian Law – Exploring Humanitarian Law is an adaptable toolkit that gives educators easy-to-use materials to expose students to issues in international humanitarian law. The toolkit offers educators primary source materials and strategies that reinforce and enrich existing curricula and educational programs.


Speakers, Museums, and Field Trips

Association of Manitoba Museums – find, research and contact museums within Manitoba.

Student Speakers Bureau on Human Rights – The Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) at the University of Manitoba has established a Speakers Bureau to assist school teachers interested in educating their Grade 7-12 students about human rights issues, particularly in relation to Aboriginal rights or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Exchange District Walking Tours – Steeped in history, the Exchange District holds Winnipeg deepest, darkest secrets. On our guided walking tours, knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides examine legends of power, corruption and heroism all while you enjoy an exceptional collection of architecture.

Freeman Foundation Holocaust Education Centre – The Holocaust Education Committee offers in-museums and outreach programs for schools and groups. An Annual Holocaust and Human Rights Symposium is held each year at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. A keynote speaker presents to high school students from all over the province and breakout sessions take place in the afternoon with local survivors.

Farm and Food Discovery Centre – This interactive learning centre and working farm has created new workshops and field trips for all grades. Call or e-mail the Farm and Food Discovery Centre today to book your class field trip (teacher information here)

Manitoba Parks and Natural Areas – this government organization offers free school programming that are curriculum based and hands on. They focus on the areas of ecology, plant life, wildlife, cultural history, biodiversity, geology and more.

MTYP’s 2014-15 Season – MTYP conveniently located at the Forks in Winnipeg offers matinees for Elementary through Senior Years students. For a listing of current shows and dates/times, visit their website or call!

Prairie Theatre Exchange – 2014-2015 High School Matinees

Royal Manitoba Theatre Company – Armstrong’s War: Corporal Michael Armstrong is recuperating in a rehab hospital when he’s ambushed by an optimistic 12-year-old Girl Guide in a wheelchair. Halley’s mission is to earn her Community Service badge by reading to a wounded soldier. In spite of himself, Michael becomes engaged in their sessions. When he gets up the courage to share an explosive story from his time in Afghanistan, the unlikely allies show each other how to stand tall.