The Being a Refugee in Canada educational activity about forced migration during the Second World War and today offers students the opportunity to consider why an individual might leave everything behind to start a new life elsewhere. As well, it informs them about the responsibilities of states and civil societies.

Through the use of different primary and secondary sources, along with analysis charts, students are also encouraged to think about the links between the past and the present. Our objective is not to compare the two historical contexts, since each situation is unique. However, it is possible to establish links between shared experiences.

Through this activity, we hope to make high school students more aware of how the past is relevant to the present, more sensitive to current problems, and more conscious of their duties as citizens.

Curriculum Links

  • Developing critical thinking
  • Understanding and taking a stand on contemporary issues
  • Preparing to be active citizens

Download the Being a Refugee in Canada pedagogical activity

The pedagogical activity Being a Refugee in Canada is available online free of charge. Click on the download links at the bottom of this page to get the activity. There is one version for all Canadian provinces.

World Refugee Day in Montreal © Action Refugiés Montréal
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World Refugee Day in Montreal © Action Refugiés Montréal

Jewish refugees aboard the MS St.Louis in Cuba, 1939.
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Jewish refugees aboard the MS St.Louis in Cuba, 1939.

Abdul, Syrian refugee in 2015.
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Abdul, Syrian refugee in 2015.

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