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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Emergency Preparedness

What did people do to stay safe during the Cold War? To find out, students watch a primary source: the 1973 government-issued 11 Steps to Survival video. Students then look at emergency

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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Dash for Survival

This team-building activity uses the Cold War as a backdrop, while students work together to solve a series of puzzles and challenges — with the added pressure of working underground.

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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Daily Life in the Diefenbunker

In this program, students explore what life would have been like in the Diefenbunker during a lockdown. Divided into three groups (military, civilian, and government), they discover how each group

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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Continuity of Government

This program uses primary sources from a scenario that took place in 1986, when the Diefenbunker was active. As air-raid sirens blare, students are assigned key roles and tasked with

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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Conflict Resolution

This program follows YOUCAN Ottawa’s teaching of conflict resolution skills, which has been successful for twenty years. Students begin by exploring the communication and decision-making skills needed in conflict resolution.

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The entrance to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Art and Peacebuilding

What role did art play in the Cold War? How can art be used to build and promote peace? This program encourages dialogue and discussion about the role of art

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