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Clearview students recognize the contributions of our veterans!

Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day - November 5 - 11.

Clearview Public School recognizes the contributions of our veterans, past and present, every year. Schools host Remembrance Day ceremonies with members of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Learning about our national history and Canada’s role in significant world events is an important and valued part of social studies in Alberta.

In our schools, students may examine the contributions of Canada’s military as part of their consideration of globalization, the pursuit of nationalism and internationalism, and the roles and responsibilities of citizens in times of conflict.  

 

Milestones in Canadian Military History

The year 2017 marks a number of significant anniversaries and milestones in our country’s military heritage. Such occasions are commemorated to ensure that the sacrifices and achievements of those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace operations are recognized within the context of the personal freedoms enjoyed by all Canadians.

  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge - The First World War’s Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought April 9 to 12, 1917, in northern France. There, the Canadian Corps won a remarkable victory over the Germans, capturing the heavily-defended ridge that the Allies had previously attempted to take.

  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle Passchendaele - On a muddy battlefield in northwest Belgium, Canadians overcame almost unimaginable hardships to win an impressive victory in the fall of 1917.

  • 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid - The Dieppe Raid was launched on August 19, 1942, and would prove to be the bloodiest single day for Canada’s military in the entire Second World War. Of the almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in this ill-fated raid on occupied France, more than half became casualties.

Information regarding school and community Remembrance Day Ceremonies can be found here.

 

Aboriginal Veterans Day - November 8, 2017

Aboriginal people in Canada have reason to be proud of their wartime contributions. More than 7,000 First Nations members served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War, and an unknown number of Inuit, Métis and other Indigenous people also participated. One Veterans group estimates that 12,000 aboriginal men and women served in the three wars.

Learning about the contributions of aboriginal veterans and their resulting enfranchisement is important learning in November, here’s how:

  • Listen to this poem, ithiniw-simâkanisihkânak / Indian Veterans, recited in Cree by Solomon Ratt (compliments of the Cree Literacy Network) with students and staff to commemorate, and learn about Aboriginal Veterans

  • Meet four aboriginal veterans from Edmonton, as they share their stories.  Thanks to Edmonton Public Schools First Nations, Métis and Inuit branch, who collaborated with the Aboriginal Veterans Society of Alberta and Eastglen High School’s Aboriginal Studies 30 class to create this resource.   

  • Share what you learn with friends, family, students, colleagues!  For example, it wasn't until 1995 that aboriginal members were allowed to lay wreaths at the National War Memorial.

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