Canada 150 Plus

Canada 150 Plus

Social Studies

The following resources are being suggested for Social Studies, but they could facilitate an interdisciplinary teaching approach, supporting the integration of subject areas.

Manitoba Museum

In celebration of Canada 150, the Manitoba Museum will be showcasing a year-long temporary exhibition researched and developed by all seven of the Museum’s curators. Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History, is showcased in the Museum’s Orientation Gallery and Discovery Room and will be presented with a number of new programs. This will be complimented by other partnership-based exhibits and programs to celebrate Confederation throughout the year.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years
Dates: Legacies of Confederation will be on display until January 7, 2018.


Explore. Teach. Build.

Microsoft Canada is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the launch of Explore. Teach. Build. Designed for K-12 classrooms, Explore. Teach. Build gives students the opportunity to explore and learn about Canada without leaving their classrooms through Skype Virtual Field Trips. Educators can also access dynamic lesson plans for each field trip, and enter their classroom in a Minecraft: Education Edition challenge to digitally construct a moment in Canada’s history or imagine the future. The program builds on Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to making education immersive, inclusive and inspirational. The program is FREE for educators across the country. Visit microsoft.ca/exploreteachbuild to get started!

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


Canadian Museum for Human Rights

In addition to its general content pertaining to human rights in Canada and in the world, the CMHR is currently featuring two exhibitions of particular interest for Canada 150. 1867: Rebellion & Confederation explores the events, debates and struggles that took place throughout the 19th century, ultimately leading to Confederation in 1867. The Museum has also developed Our Canada, My Story to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. This exhibition features current perspectives and lived human rights experiences of Canadians presented through seven personal stories.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years
Deadlines: 1867: Rebellion & Confederation ends May 7, 2017


Peter Henderson Bryce Award

In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce a special 2017 call for nominations for the P.H. Bryce award for Children and Youth. The P.H. Bryce Award recognizes outstanding leadership in promoting the safety, health or well-being of Indigenous children and youth. Nominees must be 18 years or under and the award is open to both group (clubs, etc.) and individual nominees.

As Canada approaches its 150th birthday, we still have a long way to go to ensure for equity for First Nations kids and their families. We know that children and youth are doing amazing things to make Canada a better place, and their efforts inspire and uplift us all.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017


Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The RCGS offers a number of geographic education programs, including Canadian Geographic Education, The Canadian Atlas Online, The Canadian Geographic Challenge, giant floor maps and The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. These resources will help teachers and students explore themes such as natural resources, demographics, the environment and climate change.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


A Kid's Guide to Canada: Cathy Beach and Leigh Cassell

Students from JK to Grade 8 are invited to collaborate online to create the first interactive, multilingual guide to Canada. This guide will be created by children and for children as a lasting legacy marking Canada's 150th Birthday. Students will create introductions to the land and people of their home communities in English, French, and Indigenous languages which will be posted on an interactive map of Canada. This is a national, teacher-led initiaitive to build student voice and make cultural connections across the country.

Levels: Early and Middle Years
Deadline: January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017


Canada 150 – CBC

CBC’s Canada 150 site is counting down the days to 2017 by highlighting local and national events taking place in anticipation of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Follow #CBC2017 on Twitter, find out about what’s happening everywhere in the country and share your own local events.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


Our Canada Project

The Our Canada Project/Learning for a Sustainable Future invites youth to share their voice and their vision for a better Canada. Projects for change can be cultural, economic, environmental, or social. All projects – individual and collective – will be posted on a digital map of Canada to inspire other Canadians to think and act responsibly, today and in the future.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years


Canada 150 – Canada.ca

The Government of Canada’s official Canada 150 website invites you to participate, celebrate and explore through large-scale Signature Projects. Discover opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, organizer or participant through the “Participate” section of the site. The “Celebrate” page highlights local events as well as national celebrations taking place in 2017. Finally, click on “Explore” to find out about activities taking place in Canada’s national parks and heritage spaces.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


Canada C3 – Digital Classroom

Connect with Canadians from across the country through the Canada C3 Digital Classroom. The digital classroom will provide interdisciplinary curriculum-linked learning modules for K to 12 students around 4 central themes: Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement, and the Environment. Canada C3 will connect Canadian educators, artistists, scientists, musicians, politicians and Indigenous leaders to develop a deeper understanding of the people and places that have and will Canada.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


WE Are Canada

WE Canada is encouraging students to think about the Canada of tomorrow by discovering community service opportunities and envisioning their role as active citizens locally, nationally and internationally. You will find school resources for elementary, middle and secondary years integrating four main themes: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, youth, and the environment.

Levels: Early, Middle and Secondary Years


IISD Essay Contest: How can we improve Canada's fresh water?

International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes challenges grades 8 to 11 students to write a 2000 word essay on their sustainable science-based solutions for Canada's fresh water resources. Students are asked to choose a fresh body of water in Canada and propose an action plan for its sustainable management for the next 150 years. Two winners will be selected to attend the Blue Cities Conference in Toronto on May 19, 2017.

Levels: Middle and Secondary Years
Deadline: February 17, 2017