To Our Soldier Boys
To you, O Men of the Singing Souls,
Because you are noble and strong and good,
And the sun sinks low, and the twilight falls
And then in the halls of our Mother's home,
To each has been given his separate vial
Canada: A Nation Evolves
World War I was very influential in the shaping of Canada as a nation. Canada earned recognition, respect and admiration from the rest of the world through their successful and dedicated participation in WWI. Canadians successfully participated in a war that introduced the horrors of modern warfare to the world. Technology developed at a rapid pace during WWI because of the increasing demands of modern warfare.
Although many Canadian lives were lost during the war, Canada grew stronger as a nation, and moved closer to becoming an independent nation. A distinctive and lasting Canadian identity was forged on the battlefields of Europe during WWI. Canadian women also made tremendous strides during the war, some voting for the first time, several serving as nurses and volunteers at the front, and many others becoming well established in the Canadian labor force.
World War I brought many issues of racism to the forefront in Canada. The unjust internment of many "enemy aliens" or immigrants from "enemy" countries in Canada during WWI will be remembered as one of the most embarrassing aspects of Canadian history. The immigrant population of Canada today, including those who came from war torn Europe after 1918, has become a major part of the Canadian identity.
How Does this Archival Material fit into the Curriculum?
The following is a list of specific curriculum expectations that can be met with the aid of the materials and ideas presented on this website. These expectations are taken directly from, "The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10: Canadian and World Studies (1999)" official Ministry of Education and Training curriculum document.