To compliment our Social Studies unit on Canadian Heritage and Identity, all grade 6s will be visiting the Museum of History located on 100 Laurier Ave in Gatineau, QC. The museum is filled with great stories, artifacts, and activities to help enrich and extend the student’s learning of the various communities in Canada. Each individual class will participate in a 45 minute interactive activity around one of the following 2 topics:
“The Women and Men of Fur Trade” (French Immersion)
Our students will gain a deeper understanding of the fur trade, and the perspectives of the people involved, through material culture, primary sources, and oral history. They will explore historical perspectives by gathering evidence and making inferences.
“The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes” (English)
New France was built on the economy of the fur trade populated by settlers from France with various socioeconomic backgrounds. By examining the clothing and belongings of the settlers and the items used for trade, we can start to understand people who settled New France as well as the complex trading relationships the French settlers establish with the First Nations people.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit these special exhibits:
“Canada: Day 1”
From early homesteaders to modern refugees — for centuries, migrants have come to Canada to seek opportunity or escape disaster. Setting foot on Canadian soil, they step through the threshold into a new life. Discover the first steps, first impressions and first experiences of immigrants from Confederation to the present day. Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, this exhibition uses art, photographs, personal objects and voice recordings to tell the stories of newcomers’ arrivals in Canada. The thematic zones of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections allow visitors to see the country through an immigrant’s eyes — or relive their own first day in Canada.
“Canadian History Hall”
- Covers a span of some 15,000 years, from the earliest known human habitation to the present day.
- Occupies more than 4,000 square metres (40,000 square feet) of exhibition space — The largest exhibition about Canadian history ever developed.
- Displays 1500 authentic artifacts including some of the finest national historical treasures.
- Tells Canada’s story in a very inclusive way through the lived experiences of real people and from multiple perspectives.
- Includes both achievements and some dark chapters from Canada’s past.
- Features stories from coast to coast to coast making it a truly national exhibition.
Students are encouraged to bring a notebook and a camera to capture any and all items that will help in their understanding of the various communities: past and present in Canada. We look forward to having the students relive some great pieces of history.
No parent volunteers are needed for the trip. We are allowed two parents per class, however, both of my student teachers will be teaching our class during that time and will be joining us on the trip.
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