2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This April, thousands of Canadian students will travel to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France to commemorate the sacrifices made a century ago.
The development of a number of resources help to make the Battle of Vimy Ridge and its commemoration accessible to those unable to make this pilgrimage. Canadian Geographic Education has created a classroom floor map depicting the Vimy Ridge battlefield, offering students and educators an opportunity to explore this significant moment in Canada’s history from a geographic perspective. To supplement the map, they offer 10 learning activities which ask students to examine trench maps, explore the physical landscape and weather during the battle, analyze the role of the Canadian Corps, reflect on war poetry and slang, and question the location and significance of the Vimy Memorial.
If educators are looking for a broader examination of Canadian involvement in the First World War, CanGeo also offers their Drawn to Victory map, which highlights the geography of the First World War, the Western Front, and Canadian involvement in major battles.
Both maps can be booked for three-week loan periods. More information on the maps, and booking them, can be found on the Canadian Geographic Website.
Looking forward to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy invasion, we’re eager to see what CanGeo will produce for the Second World War!
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