Peacekeeping and Peacemaking

Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Lessons

Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Minutes

National Peacekeepers’ Day

On National Peacekeepers' Day, we remember the peacekeepers who have sacrificed so much, even their lives, so others can know peace. We take the time to remember these heroes on August 9 because it was on that date in 1974 that the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission occurred. Nine Canadians lost their lives while serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel.


JournÉe nationale des Gardiens de la paix

Lors de la Journée nationale des Gardiens de la paix, les gens de partout au pays prendront le temps de s’arrêter et de rendre hommage aux gardiens de la paix qui sacrifient tant, parfois même leur vie, pour que la paix règne ailleurs dans le monde. Le 9 août est une date importante car c’est au cours de cette journée, en 1974, que le Canada a perdu le plus grand nombre de soldats en un seul incident au cours d’une mission de maintien de la paix. Neuf Canadiens furent tués alors qu’ils servaient dans la force d’urgence des Nation Unies en Égypte et en Israël.

2011 Reading and Remembrance poster





What people are saying about the 2011 lessons:

• … hats off for an excellent opportunity of learning and observing Remembrance! ~ Jean Miso

• A nice piece of work! ~ Mike Beal

• How wonderful! I'm an Ontario teacher myself and I once ran a Letters to Veterans project at a Toronto high school. ~ Joanne Edmundson

• Feel free to use anything off the web site that would help you with your worthwhile project. ~ Bruce Gall

• Please do use any images as you see fit, these photos are a integral part of our combined responsibility to honour those who serve, served, especially our fallen and are a reflection of our combined responsibility to educate the next generation. ~ I remain, Semper Paratus, Michael Beale

• Best of luck ~ Ricardo McRae  


I am writing in response to your message requesting veterans' memoirs for an Ottawa teacher's project to involve his 6 to 8 year old students in Remembrance Day 2011 activities. I cannot be of direct assistance to this project, but I can provide the following information to this teacher and others planning to instruct their students on Peacekeeping and Peacemaking this year. It may be of wide interest. Please forward this message to the Ottawa teacher and any other contact who may find it useful.

There is a website at that has been active for a number of years in Ontario. The site is designed as a free on-line resource for teachers and others interested in promoting Remembrance Day observances in the classroom. The Ontario Historical Society and Veterans Affairs Canada are listed among its sponsors.

I became aware of this site when I was requested to provide permission to use a photo of my brother, Cpl. Michael W. Simpson, to accompany his profile on the site. The site may be too sophisticated for the needs of the teacher mentioned in your request because of the age of the students. It is suitable for older children and secondary students. Details follow.

The Reading and Remembrance project provides free on-line ready-to-teach LESSON packages for Ontario educators. It is commemorative in nature and promotes remembrance in Canada. The 10 lessons and 20 minutes commemorate individual Canadian Forces members who served with the UN and NATO, as well as Canadians who help preserve global peace and protect fundamental human rights. They include those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 2011 Peacekeeping and Peacemaking theme focuses on the duties and sacrifice of several individuals. They are LCol J. A. Berthiaume who served with UNOC (United Nations Operation in the Congo 1960 - 1964), MCpl Mark (Izzy) Isfeld who was killed while lifting mines as a member of UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force 1992- 1994) and Cpl. Michael W. Simpson, killed with eight other Canadians while supporting UNEF II and UNDOF on August 9, 1974.

Those involved in more recent operations include CWO Kevin R. Junor, International Military Advisory Team in Sierra Leone (2007) and Major Thomas A. Nguyen, a veteran of ”Operation Hamlet”, Canada’s contribution to MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, (January-July 2007). Lt Carl Clarke from the Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) who served with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan in 2009. Lt Clarke, a JDF Engineer Officer, was a Construction Management Team Leader with the Construction Management Organization of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters.

The 2011 article has photos of the individuals profiled as well as a brief history of their involvement in peace support missions. Thought provoking questions and answers encourage the students to discuss the success of past, present and future peacekeeping and peacemaking operations. The tone of the articles is very positive and will provide teachers and their students with information so that they will be better equipped to appreciate Canada's role in helping to make and keep the peace.
In the Service of Peace,
Jack Simpson

Canada Remembers Program

The Canada Remembers Program of Veterans Affairs Canada encourages all Canadians to learn about the sacrifices and achievements of those who have served—and continue to serve—during times of war and peace, and to become involved in remembrance activities that will help to preserve their legacy for future generations of Canadians.



Au sujet du Canada se souvient

Le programme Le Canada se souvient s'efforce de maintenir le souvenir des réalisations et des sacrifices consentis par ceux et celles qui ont servi le Canada en temps de guerre, de conflit armé et de paix et de promouvoir une compréhension de l'importance de ces efforts dans la vie telle que nous la connaissons aujourd'hui au Canada.

2011 Reading and Remembrance Sponsors and Supporters

thank you to our sponsors

OHS Veterans Affairs Pickering Public Library OLA OPG DWAC

Links for Remembrance Day | Veterans' Week | Womens' History Month: Canadian War Museum | Canadian Museum of Civilization | The Memory Project |
The Royal Canadian Legion |The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry | 48th Highlanders Museum | 48th Highlanders Memorial Video | Veterans Affairs Canada |
First World War Audio Archive
| Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University Library | CBC Digital Archives |
The Historica-Dominion Institute | We'll Never Forget by Jean Miso | Poppy Manual

Anciens Combattants Canada | La Légion royale canadienne | Le Projet Mémoire | Musée canadien des civilisations | Musée canadien de la guerre
Livres Rares et Collections Spéciales, Bibliothèques de McGill | La force francophone | Des femmes sur tous les fronts
Institut Historica-Dominion | Commission de la capitale nationale | Manuel du coquelicot