Why We Exist
What is Canada’s role in the world? What is our responsibility to protect those unable to protect themselves and safeguard human rights both at home and beyond our borders? What are the consequences of action or inaction? What have we done in the past? What are the lessons to be learned? How have these actions shaped our lives today and our expectations for the future? How do we measure the worth of the sacrifice?
These questions are fundamental and generate important discussions and debate that are the very essence of democracy.
Conflict rages. The world is in turmoil. The causes are complex: territorial, religious, imperial expansion, historical grievances and long standing disputes. We have felt the consequences within our borders. Yet are we are failing to prepare our youth, the country’s future leaders, to lead Canada? How will they make informed decisions if they lack the basic knowledge about military history, heritage and traditions. To understand the experiences that shaped and influenced our foreign policy, humanitarian, diplomatic and military. History guides and shapes the debate about our future at home and abroad. Our goal is to lead the discussion. To engage our youth to think critically about the world, and the nation they will one day lead. To insure they possess the knowledge to confidentially exercise this responsibility and the courage to make informed decisions.
Knowledge of Canada’s military history is imperative in a democracy where we, the citizens, ultimately make the life and death decision to send our forces in harm’s way. It explains why we made the decisions we did and at the cost. Our past successes and failures enable us to make better decisions in the future.
The service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who have so proudly worn the maple leaf reminds us of who we are, what we believe, the great things we have done and the mistakes we have made. They are Canada’s best and their story is our story!
It is our responsibility as parents and as a community of concerned citizens to insure our youth understand their military history and heritage and equip them to think critically about Canada’s role in the world with the hope of shaping a better future.
—- Our Impact in 2014 —–
- a year of unprecedented growth for education programming; the number of student and teacher participants grew by 57%. Our greatest challenge is to balance an expanding program with fiscal sustainability.
- Over 2 days in April and May and 6 days in November and December 2014, over 1300 Calgary and area senior high students gathered at The Military Museums to discuss, debate and deliberate over options for Canada (humanitarian, diplomatic, and military) in regards to the Islamic State (IS) conflict.
- the launch of the inaugural Junior High School, held over 2 days with over 250 students from 3 Calgary and area schools. The topic was ‘Women and War’ and students were invited to examine the impact of war on civilian females around the world by engaging with the gallery’s exhibition entitled 11 Women Facing War.
- Partnerships through relationship building with different corporations and foundations , military units in Calgary and Edmonton, the University of Calgary, Glenbow Museum, Members of Parliament and schools throughout Alberta we have found many willing partners to join us in our work.