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Canada and NATO

Type: Document

This article explains the history of the Cold War era of NATO, the Warsaw Pact. It focuses on Canada's role during this era. Includes a list of suggested readings.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Nuclear Age and the Cold War - National Security and Defence

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. The evolution of nuclear fear in Canada is documented in this collection. Beginning with rumours of communist spies, continuing with fear of nuclear attack, and finally today with testing of nuclear weapons in our northern provinces by the United States.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

End of the Pacific War - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

As millions of people celebrated victory in Europe, the Allies prepared for the final struggle against Japan. Nearly 80,000 Canadians volunteered to join the Pacific forces but the war ended before they could be sent.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Assignment: Grades 11-12: The Cold War - Civil Defense or Nuclear Disarmament? - For Teachers

Type: Document

Compares and contrasts the positions of civil defense and nuclear disarmament.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Introductory Activity: Grades 6-12: What Was the Cold War About? - For Teachers

Type: Document

Students explore a CBC Archives website to gather some first impressions and background information on the Cold War era and its impact on Canadian society and politics.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Assignment: Grades 9-10: The Cold War - Planning for Survival - For Teachers

Type: Document

Investigates government and personal measures taken in order to ensure survival in the event of a nuclear war.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

WebQuest Exercise: Grades 6-12: Timeline of Cold War Events - For Teachers

Type: Document

Best suited for senior students, this task involves developing a timeline of some of the major events of the Cold War and indicating how Canada was involved or affected by them. May be modified for younger students.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

NATO - A Pledge for Peace

Type: Document

Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They pledged mutual defence, but also - at Canadian insistence - social and economic cooperation.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Cold War Culture: The Nuclear Fear of the 1950s and 1960s

Type: DocumentFilm and VideoSound

With superpowers in the east and west testing powerful new weapons, the Canadian race for self-preservation took off in the early 1950s. The rising of the Iron Curtain intensified the threat of mass destruction, as communication between the Americans and Soviets came to a screeching halt. In this volatile new world, Canadians fretted about fallout shelters and the government prepared to go underground.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Assignment: Grades 6-8: Canadian Young People and the Cold War - For Teachers

Type: Document

Students reflect on and discuss how the Cold War affected the lives of young people in Canada, both at home and in school.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation