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Refuge Canada In-Person School Program

Exhibit panels are hung on 2 sections of a chain link fence. A woman is threading a blue strip of paper through the chain links while two others stand behind her watching.

The WDM welcomes the travelling exhibit, Refuge Canada, from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. In partnership with Pier 21, the WDM is offering an accompanying school program for Grades 6 - 8. The Refuge Canada exhibit explores Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada.

Image credit: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Grades

Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Locations

North Battleford | Saskatoon

Date

March 15, 2022 - May 15, 2022 | Saskatoon

June 4, 2022 - June 28, 2022 | North Battleford

Subjects

ELA | Social Studies

Program Cost

$3 per student

Length

1.5 hours

Program Type

Teacher Led Program led by a teacher, with guidance from Museum staff.

Description

The WDM welcomes the travelling exhibit, Refuge Canada, from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. In partnership with Pier 21, the WDM is offering an accompanying school program for Grades 6 – 8.

The Refuge Canada exhibit explores Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by refugees in Canada. Drawing upon oral histories, archival images, artifacts and interactives, Refuge Canada shares the stories of refugees in an engaging way. The exhibit aims to create a setting for visitors to make a personal connection to the feelings of pain, danger and hope experienced by refugees, and to be inspired and informed on refugee issues in Canada today.

Students are asked to grade Canada’s response to various waves of refugees seeking asylum through in-classroom and in-museum activities. Following their visit, students will re-examine their thoughts on Canada’s response to refugees based on the new information learned in the exhibit. Have refugees personal stories changed how we view them and how Canada has treated them?

For full program information, download the Refuge Canada Educator Manual for the WDM location you are visiting below.

Exhibit Note

Refuge Canada includes diverse refugee stories, some of which are hopeful and inspiring and others that are heartbreaking. Please note that some exhibit text and images tell the stories of families and children fleeing oppression and war in perilous circumstances. This includes the tragic image of Alan Kurdi’s (a young Syrian boy) body on a beach in Turkey. The WDM leaves it to each educator’s discretion whether visiting the exhibit in-person is a good fit for their students.

 

Curriculum Connections

English Language Arts:  CR6.1, CC6.5, CR7.1, CR7.2, CR8.1, CR8.2

Social Studies:  IN6.1, IN6.3, IN7.1, DR8.3

 

How to book or inquire

WDM North Battleford
June 4 – 28, 2022
nbattleford.ed@wdm.ca
Program Info (PDF)
Program Registration Form (PDF)
Educator Manual (PDF)
WDM Saskatoon
March 15 – May 15, 2022
saskatoon.ed@wdm.ca              
Program Info (PDF)
Program Registration Form (PDF)
Educator Manual (PDF)

 

Museum Manners & Program Rules

Museum Manners & our Virtual Code of Conduct are rules intended to keep students and our artifacts safe and ensure a good experience for all visitors. Please make sure your chaperones and students are aware of and ready to follow them. NOTE: Specific Museums and programs may have additional rules.... Read More

Resources

In-Classroom Activity: Refuge Canada Profile Cards and Important Moments Cards (PDF)

In-Museum Visit Activity: Refuge Canada Reflection Questions (PDF)

Pier 21 Oral History Videos


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