Additional Resources and Educational Material

Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history and one of the world’s most respected museums for the study and understanding of armed conflict. The Museum offers free public access to several online exhibitions focused on the Canadian First World War experience and involvement.

Children & Youth Resources @ Thunder Bay Public Library

Understanding the relevance of the First World War, the conditions which
led to it and the scale of the conflict can be difficult for children. Books written
at their level can help to bring the history to light in a way that they can
understand and there are many excellent titles for youth of all ages.

City of Thunder Bay Harry Kirk Archives and Records Centre

The City of Thunder Bay Archives has produced lesson plans, including images of primary documents, on topics associated with life in the Lakehead during the First World War, including Patriotic Fairs, Enemy Aliens and Racial Prejudice, Children and Play, and Advertising during the War.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.

First World War – Canadian Encyclopedia

The great achievements of Canadian soldiers on battlefields such as Ypres, Vimy and Passchendaele, however, ignited a sense of national pride and a confidence that Canada could stand on its own, apart from the British Empire, on the world stage. The war also deepened the divide between French and English Canada, and marked the beginning of widespread state intervention in society and the economy.

First World War Resources & Further Reading

An annotated bibliography of resources.

Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History

The Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History is a virtual gallery of historic photographs, books, drawings and artifacts from the libraries and museums of Northwestern Ontario. The collection is hosted by OurDigitalWorld. It provides access to the historical digital collections of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, government agencies, and private collections from across Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Canada. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Kenora Great War Project

In 2012, three community organizations in Kenora, Ontario joined forces on a project which became known as The Kenora Great War Project. The three partners – the Ancestor Seekers of Kenora (ASK), the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Kenora Public Library – pooled their resources, their expertise and their knowledge to tell the story of Kenora’s involvement in World War I.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada provides free public access to a large collection of images, records, documents, stories, and more.

Lives of the First World War

Even while the First World War was still being fought, the newly-formed Imperial War Museum was asking the public to help it tell the story of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.

The museum was formed not as a monument to military glory, but as a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had served in uniform or worked on the home front.

The Memory Project – Dominion Institute

An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country.

National Wall of Remembrance Association

This project will create a single place of remembrance for all Canada’s fallen heroes – an installation that families, friends and the people of Canada can visit and pay homage to our war dead. It will honour the names of our fallen in all conflicts of record starting with the earliest. And though most of our war dead are buried in foreign lands, have no known grave or died at sea, this marker will bring our boys and girls home.

Ontario Historical Society

Founded in 1888, The Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity; a non-government group bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario’s history.

Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary brings together original First World War documents from The National Archives, the historical expertise of IWM and the power of the Zooniverse community.

It will create new ‘Citizen Historians’. Working together we will make previously inaccessible information available to academics, researchers and family historians worldwide, leaving a lasting legacy for the centenary of the First World War.

Thunder Bay Branch – OGS

Connect with local genealogy enthusiasts to learn and share resources.

The World Remembers

A digital display to honour the sacrifices of individuals around world during each year of the First World War.

World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal

This site collects the personal stories, photographs and achievements of Canada’s aboriginal World War veterans for posterity.

The World Wars Aboriginal Veterans Portal is a community-driven initiative to collect and digitize surviving information about the estimated 12,000 aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) people who served in Canada’s armed forces during the First and Second World Wars.

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