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1 Canada 101 Presented by Don Alper, Program Director and Tina Storer, Program Coordinator STUDY CANADA Summer Institute for K-12 Educators Ottawa, ON - July 2, 2012

2 What do students know about Canada? North North Hockey Hockey Polar bears/igloos Polar bears/igloos Long cold winters Long cold winters Maple Leaf Maple Leaf Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables Totems Totems What does it mean to be Canadian? I am Canadian Commercial I am Canadian Commercial

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4 Some of these faces may be familiar…

5 …and popular culture may be recognizable (or not)

6 The Basics: National Symbols National Animal? National Animal? National Anthem? National Anthem? National Sport? National Sport? National Flag? National Flag? National Crest? National Crest? National Language(s)? National Language(s)? Oh Canada! Hello! / Bonjour!

7 The Basics: Geography 2 nd largest country (after Russia) 2 nd largest country (after Russia) Canada is larger than the US by the size of Texas Canada is larger than the US by the size of Texas Total population approx million Total population approx million Canada has 1/10 th the US population–approx. 300 million) Canada has 1/10 th the US population–approx. 300 million) 10 Provinces, 3 Territories 10 Provinces, 3 Territories National Capital: Ottawa National Capital: Ottawa Like US states, each province/territory has its own capital as well. Like US states, each province/territory has its own capital as well.

8 Just how big is Canada?

9 BIG!…and it has six time zones.

10 10 Provinces and 3 Territories

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12 The Basics: Our Shared Past First Peoples First Peoples European Exploration and Settlement European Exploration and Settlement Colonial Past Colonial Past Modern Nations of Immigrants Modern Nations of Immigrants Long-standing and Strong Economic Ties Long-standing and Strong Economic Ties Social Connections – Similar Values and Cultures Social Connections – Similar Values and Cultures Nations shaped by War (American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War) Nations shaped by War (American Revolution, War of 1812 and American Civil War) Defense Partners (NORAD, NATO, WW I & II, Korea, Afghanistan) Defense Partners (NORAD, NATO, WW I & II, Korea, Afghanistan) Unique border security cooperation & joint law enforcement Unique border security cooperation & joint law enforcement

13 and Shared Issues Today

14 The Basics: Government Both Canada and the US… are democracies; are democracies; have a written Constitution; have a written Constitution; have a Senate; and… have a Senate; and… Canadian ParliamentUS Congress

15 have a Head of Government who have a Head of Government who appoints members to his Cabinet appoints members to his Cabinet (Secretary of Defense / Minister of Defense) (Secretary of Defense / Minister of Defense) have a Head of Government who have a Head of Government who appoints members to his Cabinet appoints members to his Cabinet (Secretary of Defense / Minister of Defense) (Secretary of Defense / Minister of Defense) President Prime Minister Barack Obama Stephen Harper BUT…

16 Canada is also very different because it... is a Constitutional Monarchy; is a Constitutional Monarchy; Is a member of the British Commonwealth; Is a member of the British Commonwealth; has a Parliamentary form of government; has a Parliamentary form of government; has the Queen as Head of State (not Prime Minister); has the Queen as Head of State (not Prime Minister); has a Governor General who represents the Queen. has a Governor General who represents the Queen. Her Majesty, the Queen, Elizabeth II

17 Also, Canadians vote for political parties in elections, not for the Prime Minister (P.M.).

18 Support for Teaching/Learning More Two US Department of Education-designated National Resource Centers on Canada in the US offer K-12 education outreach support: offer K-12 education outreach support: 1) Pacific Northwest NRC (WWU and U Washington) 2) Northeast NRC (U Maine and SUNY Plattsburgh) Note: STUDY CANADA also benefits from an annual Embassy of Canada Grant (DFAIT, Education Section). Also appreciated are partnerships with the US Embassy in Ottawa, the US Consulate General in Montréal, the Government of Québec, the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Canada-America Society of Washington, Harper Collins Publishers and all exhibitors at the STUDY CANADA Resource Fair.

19 As do Consulates of Canada across the US….

20 There is so much more you will learn this week. Feel free to add to this PowerPoint, as needed, for your own classroom use. Please let us know your questions/concerns as your knowledge of Canada grows. Thank you for your interest in teaching Canada. Merci!


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