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York Factory National Historic Site of Canada

Type: Document

Visitors to York Factory National Historic Site of Canada can experience the diverse history of the Hudson's Bay Company and the fur trade of the 1600-1800s.

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This Week in History: Archives: The First Black Battalion in Canada

Type: Document

In January of 1998, Parks Canada introduced a weekly Web Site named This Week in History, which presents a variety of events that have shaped Canada’s past, present and future. These short texts are summaries, not complete histories, meant to entice the reader to explore Canadian history. Search by keyword or by title.

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Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: A Multi-Purpose Structure

Type: Document

The site at Coteau-du-Lac represented a major point of transit for British military logistics efforts. Between 1781 and 1814, the army developed large-scale infrastructures on the site, which testify to the importance the colonial authorities attached to improving and protecting transportation and communications along the route linking Montréal and Kingston.

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Beaumont-Hamel National Historic Site of Canada: The Price We Paid for Nationhood: Beaumont-Hamel and Vimy Ridge: Lesson Plan

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Students are given a variety of sources to help them gain a better understanding of the First World War, and its significant effects on Canadian society and culture. The battlefields and monuments of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, both located in France, were officially declared National Historic Sites of Canada on April 9, 1997.

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Memories of War: Lesson Plan

Type: Document

This lesson invites students to think critically about the way in which we memorialize war. Starting with the concept of a war memorial, students analyze a series of war memorials drawn from diverse historical contexts, and interpret some of the fundamental messages encoded within monuments. Students also conduct independent research into Canadian war memorials and their messages, ultimately crafting their own war memorial based on their choice of a significant Canadian person, place or event related to World War I, II, or the Korean War.

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Riel House National Historic Site of Canada: Louis Riel: Martyr, Traitor, Hero, or ... ?: Lesson Plan

Type: Document

Louis Riel has been interpreted differently by different groups and individuals at different times in our history. Poems, books, plays, and songs have been created to explain Louis Riel. The diverse images of this man have always reflected the politics of the times and they continue to do so. This educational activity prompts the question, "Who was the ‘real' Louis Riel?"

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Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: The War of 1812

Type: Document

In 1812, the serious economic stakes of this embargo pushed the Americans to declare war against Great Britain. Although most battles took place in Upper Canada, the capture of Montréal remained a prime objective of the Americans, whose strategy rested on a two-pronged invasion via the Richelieu and the St. Lawrence Rivers. Coteau-du-Lac played a major role in defending the St. Lawrence and the border area.

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York Factory National Historic Site of Canada : Commemorative Intent Statement

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York Factory is commemorated for its critical role in the French-English struggle on Hudson Bay for control of the fur trade, as an important Hudson's Bay Company trading post and entrepôt (See definition below) for over two and one half centuries, and for its role in the expansion of the fur trade into the interior of western Canada.

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Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: The First Lock Canal in North America

Type: Document

The construction of the canal at Coteau-du-Lac began in 1779 under the command of William Twiss.

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York Factory National Historic Site of Canada : Human History

Type: Document

Between 1684 and its closing 273 years later in 1957, York Factory served as a trading post, distribution point and administrative centre for a vast network of fur posts throughout the West.

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