Social Studies

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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Artefact Analysis

Using the provided activity sheets, this program will challenge students to analyse various artefacts from the Bytown Museum’s collection, in order to determine their purpose and significance. Students will first

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Barter Banter

By placing them in a real barter economy, Barter Banter allows students to understand and appreciate the relationships and interactions that took place between the First Peoples and the French settlers.

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Builders of the City 

This tour focuses on the people who have influenced the city’s cultural, social, and political history, and how interactions between various groups helped shape our city right up until today,

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Confederation: Have your say!

Explore everyday life in Victorian Canada. Learn about the major figures in the debates surrounding Confederation and the unification of the distinct colonies of British North America. The tour group

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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

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

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

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

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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Exploring Bytown by Map

Using the activity sheets as a guide, this program will allow students to explore various maps from the Bytown Museum’s collection. Through discussion and the examination of historical maps, students

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Goode Gardeners

Join us at the museum to learn all about early rural settler gardeners! Explore the tools rural settlers needed to grow essential produce in their gardens in our Agricultural Museum

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History Explorers

History Explorers is a scavenger hunt that allows students to have some fun while learning about Ottawa’s, and Canada’s, history. To complete this interactive and investigative program, students will use

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Little Sweet Tooth

Children walk through the heritage forest of Richelieu Park and discover its main attraction: a unique urban sugar bush! Children are introduced to the cycle of the seasons, the different

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Lock Talks

Discover the Ottawa Locks, set next to majestic Parliament Hill in the heart of the nation’s capital. Travel back to the early 19th century when Colonel By and his workers

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