LEARN

The First World War was the first major conflict in which large number of soldiers made use of a camera.

In 1912, the Eastman Kodak Company introduced the Vest Pocket Kodak camera. Sales of this tiny camera (designed to fit inside a vest pocket) increased dramatically with an estimated one in five Allied officers carried one by the end of the First World War.

Learn more about photography during the First World War, and the colourization process.

THEY FOUGHT IN COLOUR

A New Look at Canada’s First World War Effort

They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada’s First World War experience presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with commentary from some of our country’s leading public figures, including Paul Gross, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood, Tim Cook, and many others.

Canadians today see the First World War largely through black and white photography. Colourizing these images brings a new focus to our understanding and appreciation of the role Canada played during the First World War. It makes the soldier in the muddy trench, the nurse in the field hospital, and those who waited for them at home come to life. Immediately, their expressions, mannerisms, and feelings are familiar. They become real. They Fought in Colour is a new look at Canada’s experience during the Great War. A more accessible look. A more contemporary look.

In bookstores October 6, 2018! Purchase your copy of They Fought in Colour at IndigoAmazonDundurn Press, or your favourite bookseller.

 

Vimy 100 in the Classroom

Bring the Battle of Vimy Ridge to your class this year with the Vimy Foundation’s online educational resource Vimy 100 in the Classroom.

This free, fully accessible, bilingual resource has been designed for high school students across Canada and includes lesson plans, resources, and activities for use in a variety of classes.

Your students will be able to interpret Canada’s role in the First World War, as well as the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial; setting these events within the contexts of the formation of Canada as a country, Canadian nationalism, and citizenship.

The Vimy 100 in the Classroom program encourages students to actively consider the war, and to discuss difficult questions, like the relationship between nationalism and war, in the form of debates, data collection, art, and mini research projects.

*NEW! Airpower

*NEW! Maps

Primary and Secondary Sources

Canada’s First World War Battles

Vimy Quotation Analysis

Debate: Was a Nation born on a Battlefield?

Stories from Vimy – Victoria Cross Recipients

Art and the First World War

Conscientious Objectors and Pacifists

Vimy as a Symbol: The Vimy Memorial

Photography and the First World War

Geography Meets History at Vimy

 

For all 12 modules, please download the zip file below:

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With the support from:

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Our additional thanks to James Stewart, Vanessa Vanclief and Christian Martel for their ongoing guidance and assistance.

We would also like to thank Sound Venture Productions for their work on our Vimy 100 in the Classroom videos.

Poll Results

The Vimy Foundation regularly polls Canadians about their attitudes and opinions related to Canada’s First World War legacy and the upcoming Vimy Centennial, through market research conducted by Ipsos Reid.

April 2018 – Vimy Week Poll Finds Many Canadians Still Unable to Identify Vimy Memorial.

November 2017 Remembrance Week Poll Finds That Awareness of Vimy Ridge Rising; while Passchendaele Less Well Known

April 2017 New Poll Shows Canadian First World War Legacy Building as More Young Canadians Engage in Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. 

November 2016 “Survey of Six “Western Front” Nations Shows Canadians Most Likely to Have Attended War Remembrance Ceremony in Past Year

April 2016 “New Poll Shows Most Canadians (83%) Feel Vimy Centennial should be Key Part of Canada 150 Celebration

November 2015 “Most Canadians Can Identify “In Flanders Fields” (76%) by John McCrae (61%) as Canadian Poem Written During First World War

April 2015 “Three Quarters of Canadians (74%) Believe 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 Should Be One of Canada’s Most Important Celebrations During Sesquicentennial

November 2014 “Three in Ten (27%) Canadians Will Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony This Year, 23% Said they Went Last Year

April 2014 “One in Five (18%) Canadians Don’t Know What Vimy Ridge Is

 

 

Canada’s FWW Battles

From 2014 to 2018, we commemorate the centennial anniversaries of the First World War. The Vimy Foundation is actively working to ensure that these major battles of the First World War involving Canadians are recalled and our losses commemorated.

Read more about some of the lesser-known battles of Canadians:

May 1915 – Festubert and Givenchy

June 1916 – Battle of Mount Sorrel

1 July 1916 – Beaumont Hamel

15-22 September 1916 – Courcelette

26 September 1916 – Thiepval Ridge

1 October – 11 November 1916 – Regina Trench

9-12 April 1917 – Battle of Vimy Ridge

14 April 1917 – Monchy-Le-Preux

28-29 April 1917 – Arleux-en-Gohelle

3-8 May 1917 – Battle of Fresnoy

15-18 August 1917 – Battle of Hill 70

16-18 August 1917 –  Battle of Langemarck

21-25 August 1917 – Attack on Lens

9 October 1917 – Battle of Poelcappelle

26 October – 10 November 1917 – Battle of Passchendaele

20 November – 6 December 1917 – Battle of Cambrai

6 December 1917 – The Halifax Explosion – A Centennial Event

21 March – 5 April 1918 – Operation Michael

22 March – 5 April 1918 – Villers-Bretonneux

28 March – 1 April 1918 – The Quebec City Conscription Riots – A Centennial Event

30 March – 1 April 1918 – Battle of Moreuil Wood & Rifle Wood

8 – 12 August 1918 – Battle of Amiens

26-30 August 1918 – Second Battle of Arras

27-28 August 1918 – The Battle for the village of Chérisy

2 September 1918 – Battle for the Drocourt-Quéant Line

27 September – 11 October 1918 – Battle of Canal du Nord

9 October 1918 – Capture of Cambrai

1-2 November 1918 – Battle of Valenciennes

11 November 1918 – Capture of Mons and the Armistice

January-July 1919 – The 1919 Paris Peace Conference: A Centennial Event

We will remember them.

 

Help us continue our work to highlight Canada’s lesser-known First World War battles, and commemorate these important centennial anniversaries. Please consider making a donation today.

 

Vimy Visitor Education Centre

Entrance: Vimy Visitor Education Centre
Entrance: Vimy Visitor Education Centre

While the Vimy monument itself is of course stunningly beautiful, before April 2017 visitors were given little context at the previous information booth as to why Canadians fought and died there; why Vimy remains special to the Canadian soul; and how Vimy, and other First World War battles at which Canadians fought, forever altered Canada’s status on the world stage. The Vimy Visitor Education Centre located adjacent the Vimy Monument, inaugurated at the Vimy Centennial Celebrations in April 2017 can now will answer these questions.

The Vimy Visitor Education Centre was a project in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada ($5 million was committed by the Government of Canada in 2013).

 

 

 

 

 

For photos of the grand opening of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.

For photos of the construction of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.

 

SPONSORS

PATRONS

 

The George and Helen Vari Foundation

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BENEFACTORS

 

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Richard Rooney

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SUPPORTERS

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THE BANK OF CANADA LAUNCHES NEW VIMY-THEMED $20 BILL.

The Vimy Foundation is very pleased that on May 3rd, the Bank of Canada unveiled the new $20 that will be put in circulation in the coming months.

Thanks to the Bank of Canada, the victory of Vimy Ridge will be depicted on the new bill, allowing Canadians to carry a piece of history in their wallets. Just as Canadian innovation was successfully demonstrated on the battlefield of Vimy and with the architectural design of the memorial some years later, the new series of Canadian notes are at the frontier of bank note technology and will set a benchmark worldwide.

The Bank of Canada unveiled this new $20 bill during a very important time, as people across Canada and France just commemorated the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2012. This prestigious honour will help commemorate the sacrifice and success of Canadian soldiers in the First World War.

The Vimy Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War Legacy as symbolized by the victory at Vimy in 1917 and is thus proud to have consulted the Bank of Canadaon this initiative and to have given support with regards to the theme and design of the new bill. The Foundation looks forward to future collaboration with the Bank of Canada.

For more information on the new $20 bill, please visit: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/

2015 BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship that aims to educate and inspire students through the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Now in its tenth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize provides students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2015, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

List of Winners:

Thomas Albertini – Toronto, ON
Isabelle Ava-Pointon – Vancouver, BC
Rachel Bannerman – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Luca Bonifacio-Proietto – St. Catharines, ON
Derrin Couture – Debden, SK
Gabriel Duguay – Halifax, NS
Jessica Dutchak – Dauphin, MB
Palma Gurdulic – King, ON
Josanna Hickey – Bathurst, NB
Caitlyn Jarvis – Gibsons, BC
Carson Jones – Delta, BC
Aspen Murray – Hartland, NB
Nicolas Rigudiere – Bezouotte, France
Evan Rippin – Langley, BC
Mollie Symons – Wolfville, NS
Alice Vines – Surrey, Great Britain

Congratulations!

For more information about this program, please contact:

Stella Begic
Programs Manager, Vimy Foundation
514.904.1007
sbegic@vimyfoundation.ca

VIMY FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW POLL FOR VIMY WEEK 2015

New Vimy Foundation poll reveals majority of Canadians believe 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 should be focus of Canada’s Sesquicentennial

Vimy Day to be celebrated across Canada on April 9

 

TORONTO—April 8, 2015 —To mark Vimy Day (April 9), The Vimy Foundation has released a new poll measuring Canadian attitudes and knowledge of this seminal moment in Canadian history.

With 2017 being a big year for Canada as it celebrates both its 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one of the most famous battles of Canadian history, which scholars often point to as Canada’s definitive “coming of age” moment, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of the Vimy Foundation has revealed that three quarters (74%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that ‘the 100th anniversary of Vimy, falling as it does in 2017, should be one of the most important celebrations for Canada that year’.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, and its contribution to Canadian history and nation building, is so significant that the government of Canada chose to include an image of the monument on the new $20 bill. Many Canadians want to see the gesture go even further: a majority (51%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that since the new $20 Canadian polymer bill features an image of the Vimy monument, they’d ‘support changing the name of the $20 bill to a “Vimy” to help commemorate the battle’s centennial in 2017’.

“It is encouraging that a clear majority of the country recognizes the important place the victory holds in our history,” said Jeremy Diamond, Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation. “As we countdown to 2017, we look forward to further engaging and educating Canadians about this seminal moment in our nation’s history.”

Troubling was that four in ten (40%) Canadians feels the war cenotaph/memorial in their community is ‘in need of repair and/or restoration’. Built following the end of the First World War, these cenotaphs/memorials are often used for public gatherings and celebrations, particularly on Remembrance Day.

From 2014 to 2018, Canada and those around the world mark the 100th anniversary of many important milestones from the First World War. But most Canadians are not entirely aware of these important anniversaries. Four in ten (44%) ‘agree’ that they are ‘aware of upcoming centennial anniversaries of important moments of the First World War, such as poet John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, the Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, etc’. Conversely, a majority (56%) ‘disagrees’ (they are aware of these important milestones).

Interestingly, 5% of those polled (up 2% from 2014), said that they or a member of their family are considering travelling to Vimy for centennial celebrations in 2017.

Other findings include:

  • Three quarters (75%) ‘agree’ a visit to Canadian battlefields, cemeteries and historic sites in Europe has or would increase my knowledge and appreciation for Canada’s military history,
  • Three quarters (72%) ‘agree’ that all Canadians should participate in a local activity to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017
  • A majority of Quebeckers (54%) support the renaming of the $20 bill to a ‘Vimy’ in time for the centennial in 2017
  • Half of Albertans (50%) ‘agree’ that the cenotaph/memorial in their community is in need of repair/restoration

The Vimy Foundation, working with the Government of Canada, is spearheading the building of an Education Centre at the Vimy Memorial site in France, so that students and visitors can better understand this pivotal moment in Canadian history. The Centre will open on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 2017. For more information on Vimy 2017, visit www.vimy100.ca

Click here to view full poll results.

The Vimy Foundation

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage. Visit www.vimyfoundation.ca.