History and Heritage are key components of a country’s identity. Knowledge and experience of one’s national history contribute to the active engagement of citizens and their capacity to work together towards common goals. The YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program provides opportunity for youth to explore Canadian history and heritage content through reciprocal exchanges.
“Canadian history and heritage content” is considered to be any activity that encourages youth to learn about, gain knowledge of, or experience:
a) Meaningful events and artifacts from Canada’s past (history); and/or
b) Accounts of the diverse traditions, ideas, creative works, and other cultural memories that have had, and still have, a positive influence on the lives of Canadians (heritage).
Programming topics related to Canadian history and heritage may include:
· Onsite historical, cultural, geographical, or political activities, such as Aboriginal drumming sessions, multi-cultural evenings, mock elections, talent shows showcasing regional diversity, etc.
· Offsite activities or excursions such as mock debates on Parliament Hill
· Guided site visits of natural history locations (such as guided visits of historic sites or museums, national parks, etc.)
· Workshops / discussions / simulation / games that explore some aspect of Canadian history (from a national or regional perspective)
· Explorations of historic places (such as Vancouver’s Chinatown or the Byward Market) with an integrated educational aspect.
2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in Canada. This national milestone is an excellent opportunity for your exchange group to dig deep into history and heritage related activities, ask what Canada means to you, and imagine what our country could look like in 150 years.
Below you will find a few links. If you have a link that you would like to share with us please let us know.