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Understanding the Canada Gazette and Historical Sources

(Ages 13 to 18)

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Introduction

The purpose of these activities is to give students the necessary foundation of knowledge in order to use the Canada Gazette as one of their primary sources for research. They will explore the role and components of the Canada Gazette, and the role and components of Primary and Secondary source documents. The activities may be used separately or consecutively.

At present, the database for the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website, A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette, contains only a portion of the Canada Gazette. Library and Archives Canada hopes to have all volumes of the Canada Gazette, from 1841 to 1997, online by 2009. In the interim, relevant items from the Canada Gazette have been reproduced and included in these educational resources where necessary, for the convenience of teachers and students. Volumes after 1997 are available from the online database of the Canada Gazette Directorate.

Students will explore the following:

  • The role and function of the Canada Gazette
  • The meaning of the symbols contained in the coat of arms of Canada on the masthead of the Canada Gazette
  • The elements and validity of Primary and Secondary sources

Activity Summary Chart

Downloadable Formats

Activity
Description
Handouts
 
Activity 1:
What is the Canada Gazette?
[PDF 32 KB], [RTF 439 KB]

Students review the role and function of the Canada Gazette, discuss and answer questions.
Handout 1.1
Introduction: What is the Canada Gazette?
[PDF 35 KB], [RTF 438 KB]

Handout 1.2
Comprehension Questions: What is the Canada Gazette?
[PDF 53 KB], [RTF 447 KB]
Activity 2:
The Role of the Canada Gazette in Creating Canadian Laws/ Regulations
[PDF 40 KB], [RTF 448 KB]
Students explore and discuss the role of the Canada Gazette in creating legislation.
No handouts for this activity.
Activity 3:
Examining Symbols
[PDF 37 KB], [RTF 447 KB]
Students examine the symbols contained in the coat of arms on the masthead of the Canada Gazette and create their own coat of arms.
Handout 3.0
Examining Symbols
[PDF 33 KB], [RTF 439 KB]
Activity 4:
Examining Historical Documents
[PDF 44 KB], [RTF 446 KB]
Students analyze examples of historical documents and rate them according to their reliability.
Handout 4.1
How Reliable is a Document?
[PDF 42 KB], [RTF 440 KB]

Handout 4.1 a
Examining Sources - Example 1
[PDF 34 KB], [RTF 439 KB]

Handout 4.1 b
Examining Sources - Example 2
[PDF 101 KB], [RTF 2,764 KB]

Handout 4.1 c
Examining Sources - Example 3
[PDF 72 KB], [RTF 563 KB]

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