Spring 2017 - Completed
The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association is producing a number of free Vimy downloadable educational materials for distribution to middle schools in Ontario, in with further plans for distribution nationally.
Our goal is to show teachers, students, their parents, members of the Royal Canadian Legion and others in the community, what World War 1 meant to Canada --– an acknowledgement of Canada’s voice on the world stage as an independent country, not a colony of Great Britain.
In addition, an instructions with notes to educators to help with lesson planning, concentrating on the Battle of Vimy Ridge; a series of historically-correct letters, from a soldier at the Front, George, to his fiancée Sally, in Canada, will be included.
These letters have been ‘found’ by George’s grandson who is cleaning out his father’s attic.
He recognizes the letters deal primarily with a soldier’s limited view of the war, lacking information because of censorship and knowledge that only came to light after the War; and Sally’s, with local/home interest. The grandson decides to fill in the gaps by writing letters to his unborn grandchildren. Thus, the letters are an 83- paged series.
Although the characters are fictional, the letters are historically correct. The boxes will be distributed to middle schools, students aged 12-15, by individual Royal Canadian Legion branches as part of their Remembrance initiatives giving teachers tools to use in the classroom.
As of Fall, 2017 we have had 3000 requests for boxes from middle schools in Ontario.