War and the Canadian Experience
A PD tour of France and Flanders for Educators

Application form - Deadline to apply is 15 March 2014

The July 2013 Teachers Tour with the Falaise Gap in the background.

High School teachers, BEd, and MEd candidates are invited to apply for a study tour examining the Canadian battlefields and memorials of the Great War in Belgium and France as well as the Second World War in Dieppe and Normandy.

Participants may register for academic credit at the Masters' or senior undergraduate level or obtain a non-credit certificate. A maximum of 18 participants will be selected. Each will receive a bursary sufficient to cover all accommodation, travel, and instruction costs while in Europe. Fees for course credit, travel to and from Europe, the cost of some meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

War and the Canadian Experience: A Teachers' Professional Development tour of France and Flanders  is sponsored by the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick. Credit courses are offered through the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Education.

Bursaries for the tour are provided by John and Pattie Cleghorn in the hope that more Canadians will have the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices and achievements of the young Canadians who fought for the liberation of Europe and the hope of a better world.

For questions about the tour, please contact the study tour director, Lee Windsor or Terry Copp.

The History

The Gregg Centre and the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) have partnered since 2007 to deliver a unique opportunity for Canadian history and social studies teachers. Held annually in July, the tour brings high school teachers from across Canada to important historic sites including Ypres, Vimy Ridge, and Amiens from the Great War and the Second World War battlefields of Dieppe and Normandy.

In 2012, with the support of John and Pattie Cleghorn, this tour evolved into the Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour to France and Belgium. Although still generously supported by John and Pattie Cleghorn, the new name better signifies the purpose and goals of the program.

Practicing teachers as well as BEd and MEd candidates are invited to apply for the study tour and bursary. Participants may register for academic credit at the Master's level or senior undergraduate level or obtain a non-credit certificate. Each will receive a bursary sufficient to cover all accommodations, travel and instruction cost while in Europe. Fees for course credit, travel to and from Europe, the cost of some meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

Purpose and Goals

The Cleghorn War and Memory Study Tour introduces educators to the history of Canada in two world wars and the potential for using the subject as a vehicle to foster critical thinking skills and "historical consciousness" in today's young people.

The tour visits the most important Canadian battlefields and memorials in Belgium and France. From the great Vimy pilgrimage of 1936 to the recent anniversary of commemorations of Vimy, D-Day and VE Day, Canadians have been drawn to these sites of memory which form important chapters in our nation's history. Participants will be exposed to the latest research and academic debate over Canada's wartime experience.

Historica-Dominion Institute Roots

This study tour builds on the program begun in partnership with Historica (2005-2008) and later the Historica-Dominion Institute and Veterans' Affairs Canada. Many former participants have been inspired to organize study tours for their own students. Nearly all have reported that the program invigorated their teaching, exposing them to new ideas and methods that enhance relationships between school and community.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 (July 6) - Group meets in Paris before traveling to the northern end of the Western Front and working our way south.

Day 2 (July 7) - Drive to Ypres and Introduction to the Great War

Day 3 (July 8) - Canada's experience in the Ypres Salient in 1915-16

Day 4 (July 9) - Passchendaele 1917, Drive to Arras

Day 5 (July 10) - Vimy Ridge and the Arras Sector, 1917

Day 6 (July 11) - The Somme 1916, Beaumont-Hamel, The Hundred Days Campaign 1918, drive to Dieppe

Day 7 (July 12) - Introduction to Canada and the Second World War, The Dieppe Raid, drive to Bayeux. Our home for the next week is Le Moulin Morin, west of Bayeux in Calvados, Normandy.

Day 8 (July 13) - Wrap-up workshop on the First World War in the classroom, introduction to the Normandy region.

Day 9 (July 14) - Canada on Juno Beach, 6 June 1944

Day 10 (July 15) - British and American beaches and the wider Overlord plan

Day 11 (July 16) - Canada's Defence of the Normandy Beachhead, June-July 1944

Day 12 (July 17) - Verrières Ridge, July-August 1944

Day 13 (July 18) - The 'Falaise Gap' Climax to the Normandy Campaign, Wrap-up discussion on the Second World War in the classroom.

Day 14 (July 19) - Return to Paris for return flights to Canada.

For further information, contact the study tour director, Dr. Lee Windsor.