An Introduction to Canadian History
This course takes participants in a fun and engaging journey through Canada’s history. Topics include learning about Indigenous peoples before and after contact with Europeans; the creation and importance of the fur trade in Canada; the Metis People; the North West Mounted Police; the building of railroads (focusing on the CPR and CN rail lines); surveying in Canada and homesteading. Activities, games, worksheets, and ample opportunities for discussion and questions await!
Students will also learn about current affairs, with an emphasis on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how Canada grew into the country we see today and a greater appreciation for the hardships and struggles faced by a variety of peoples as well as the choices that led to a need for political events like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Available as a public access course
This course is a non-credit public access course. Public access non-credit courses are offered at a reduced rate, and you do not need to be a King's student to register.
Rosemary is a teacher and educator working for Edmonton Public School Board. She teaches elementary school with the majority of her teaching being in Division Two (grades 4-6). Previously Mrs. Litschel taught in the High Prairie School Division and in Leduc. Mrs. Litschel is the lead teacher for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit education in the classroom at her school (Ekota Elementary). She has amassed a variety of Aboriginal artwork, items, and artefacts which she is always willing to display. She is extremely knowledgeable in Canadian and Albertan history.
Mrs. Litschel co-created and co-lead a field trip program for Grade 4 students, which saw herself and other colleagues take classes to Southern Alberta for up to five days. The program ran from 2005 until 2010. She has provide Tipi Teachings at the Edmonton and District Historical Society Doors Open events in July for the years 2013-2015. She is a frequent presenter at GETCA (Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention Association) as well as Professional Development Days, with her most recent presentation being on Strategy Mats for Students in all grade levels. She is also a Large Group Leader for the Children’s Ministry at her church, serving in this position from 2007 until present day. If she has a spare moment (which is rare), she can be found reading, playing the guitar and singing, making aboriginal crafts, or taking walks in the ravine near her home.