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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 1, September 2006

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October: Women’s History Month

The theme for Canadian Women’s History Month this year is Aboriginal Women: The Journey Forward. Full details are available on the Status of Women Canada web site at www.swc-cfc.gc.ca under commemorative dates: October.

There is a list of web sites; posters and other information can be ordered and events posted.

October 18 is National Persons’ Day.


The Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) is recruiting participants and groups for its youth learning programs.

A variety of exciting experiences are available to youth during the summer as well as the school year:

  • second language exchanges
  • exchanges focussing on leadership, community engagement, and volunteer skills
  • educational travel to Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto
  • educational roundtables.

New SEVEC program themes also include the environment, physical activity and youth at risk for 2006–07. All programs can be tailored to fit school curricula. Exchange, explore, and experience why more than 300,000 youth have enthusiastically participated in SEVEC learning programs over the past 70 years! For more information, contact jkendrick@sevec.ca or kfraser@sevec.ca or call 1-800-387-3832.

Provide your students with a valuable head start toward the careers and successes they dream of achieving! School groups participating in SEVEC’s Community Involvement Program:

  • choose a project to improve their community
  • plan its implementation
  • exchange with a group of students in another part of the country and help them carry out their community involvement project.

Youth enhance their skills in leadership, public relations, project management, communication, and learn about municipal politics. Participants gain pride in completing a project that makes a real impact on their community. Funding for all of the travel expenses and some of the project expenses is provided. SEVEC also offers ongoing support to realize all of the objectives of the program. Exchange, explore, and experience with SEVEC and help motivate tomorrow’s leaders today! Find out how your students can participate, contact mwright@sevec.ca or call 1-800-387-3832.

Helping students act for global change

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) is helping students act for global change with their newly designed Tools for Action, free, downloadable resource toolkits. The online educational resources are designed to help students engage their school in the global struggle for health and development.

The resources provide students with the necessary how-to advice to organize effective advocacy and fundraising campaigns in their schools on a variety of international development issues.

The toolkits inspire students to ask the question What Will You Do for the World Today? The answers to this question help broaden their awareness about our global community while empowering students to educate their school through advocacy, information, and fundraising campaigns on a variety of development issues.

CPAR has also designed Tools for Learning resources units for high school teachers, and is expanding into Western Canada.

For more information, contact Roxane Tracey, rtracey@cpar.ca, web site www.cpar.ca.

Métis culture for BC students

This first-ever multimedia social studies program called Primary and Elementary Métis Awareness (PEMA) program, has earned the praise of teachers throughout the lower Fraser Valley. The program includes 48 lesson units of one-page stories about historical and modern Métis that reveal their place in Canada’s history. Four supporting units extend the learning objectives beyond those required for the BC Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines. The 32-page colouring and exercise book, 12 artifact and craft projects unit, CD of traditional Métis music, and instructional DVD help teachers and students learn more about Canada’s least-known Aboriginal culture.

For more information about this comprehensive, entertaining social studies program, contact Mission Community Services Society at 604-826-3634, or e-mail mcssexecdir@shawbiz.ca.

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