Learning from the First World War with the Vimy Foundation

A Canadian charity, incorporated in 2006, the Vimy Foundation has many tools and
opportunities for young people to further their knowledge of the First World War.
Accessible online, Vimy 100 in the Classroom is the Foundation’s free bilingual educational
resource designed for high school students across Canada. It includes lesson plans and
activities that help interpret Canada’s role in the First World War. The 12 modules encourage
students to actively consider the war, and to discuss difficult questions, like the
relationship between nationalism and conflict, in the form of debates, data collection, art,
and mini research projects.
The Vimy Pilgrimage Award was created to recognize the actions of young people who are
dedicated to the betterment of society by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to
volunteer work through positive contributions, notable deeds, or bravery that benefits their
peers, school, community, province, or country.
The Award consists of a fully funded week-long educational program in Belgium and France to
study Canada’s role in the First World War. The program, scheduled for April 2–10, 2021, is
offered by the Vimy Foundation and features daily visits to important First World War sites
including museums, cemeteries, and historic battlefields. A total of 20 students will be selected
for the 2021 program. Young Canadians can now apply for the 2021 program until May
31st, 2020.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, is a prestigious two-week-long learning experience during which
exceptional youth, 15-17 years of age, study the interrelated First and Second World War
history of Canada, Great Britain, and France.
Scheduled for August 8-20, 2020 in Belgium and France, students will attend lectures, visit
former battlefields, trenches and underground tunnels, as well as visit museums and
cemeteries, and explore monuments such as the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Canadian,
British, and French prize recipients will also participate in commemorative ceremonies at Dieppe
and meet some of the remaining Second World War veterans and members of the French
Resistance.
The Vimy Foundation works to preserve and promote Canada’s ongoing legacy of leadership as
symbolised by the First World War victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where
Canada came of age and was recognised on the world stage. Find out more at
www.vimyfoundation.ca.
On April 9th, 1917, at Vimy Ridge, 100,000 Canadian soldiers gathered for the first time as a
unified force. Over a century later, we remember all who served during the First World War, and
we celebrate our Canadian unity and resilience. Read more about the significance of the Battle
of Vimy Ridge here.

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