‘Lest We Forget’ Project to Educate Students on Military

Brookside Cemetery (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

Remembrance Day is over, but that doesn’t mean the sacrifices of Canada’s military should be forgotten so soon.

Library and Archives Canada has chosen Winnipeg as the destination for its inaugural Lest We Forget project, aimed at teaching grade 8 to 12 classes about Canadian military history and the people who were involved.

The unique two-hour workshop is in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library and will give students the chance to conduct research using one of over 40 service files of Winnipeg-based World War I veterans. Students build their skills in writing and in using computers to access archival sources and databases. From this initial research, the students then fill in the context of the life and experiences that the veteran lived through.

Interested teachers can book their class by contacting local history librarian Louis Phillipe Bujold at (204) 986-4183. Bookings are limited and workshops are being booked from November 2010 through to May 2011.

More information on the Lest We Forget pilot project is available at CollectionsCanada.gc.ca.