46th Overseas Battalion, 1917

South Saskatchewan 46th (Overseas) Battalion in Reserves at Brewry at Lacollet, 1917.  
A.A. Smith is third from the doorway.
Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan 
Photo R-B14132

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Curriculum Objectives:


* Know that the actions and policies of other nations influence the well-being of the Canadian people and nation.

*Know that the conduct of Canadian foreign policy has generated, and continues to generate debate within the Canadian community.


* Know that by the end of the First World War, 600 000 Canadians had served in an army of four divisions. More than 60 000 Canadian military personnel were killed in the War.

Historical Thinking Concepts

Evidence:  How do we know what we know about the past?

Guidepost 1:  History is an interpretation based on inferences made from primary sources.

Guidepost 2: Asking good questions about a source can turn it into evidence.

Guidepost 4:  A source should be analyzed in relation to the context of its historical setting; the conditions and worldviews prevalent at the time.

Guidepost 5: Inferences made from a source can never stand alone.  They should always be corroborated -- checked against other sources (primary or secondary).

Historical Significance:  How do we decide what is important to learn about the past?

Guidepost 1:  Events, people or developments have historical significance if they resulted in change.  That is, they had deep consequences, for many people, over a long period of times.

Guidepost 2:  Events, people, or developments have historical significance if they are revealing.  That is, they shed light on enduring or emerging issues in history or contemporary life.

Guidepost 3:  Historical significance is constructed.  That is, events, people, and developments meet the criteria for historical significance when they are shown to occupy a meaningful place in a narrative.

Historical Perspective:  How can we better understand the people of the past?

Guidepost 3:  The perspectives of historical actors are best understood by considering their historical context.

Guidepost 4:  Taking the perspective of historical actors means inferring how people felt and thought in the past.  It does not mean identifying with those actors.  Valid inferences are those based on evidence.

From The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts by Peter Seixas and Tom Morton (Toronto:  Nelson Education, 2013)