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Teacher Resources – National Observances and Holidays (Secondary)

Teacher Resources – National Observances and Holidays (Secondary)

Teacher Resources – National Observances and Holidays (Secondary)

Already prepping for the upcoming school year? Overwhelmed with the amount of content available out there? Look no further!

For this post, we’re providing educational resources for National Observances and holidays celebrated in Canada. Below are helpful blogs, playlists, mini-lessons, and films that’re filled with discussions,  questions, and activities that you can use in your classroom—whether it be online or in person!

For primary school subjects, please click here: Teacher Resources – National Observances and Holidays (Primary)


Black History Month

PLAYLIST: Anti-racism films (Ages 10+)

PLAYLIST: Black Communities in Canada: A Rich History

MINI-LESSON: Unarmed Verses

MINI-LESSON: Ninth Floor


International Women’s Day (Mar 8)

PLAYLIST: International Women’s Day Playlist (Ages 13+)

MINI-LESSON: Status Quo?


Window Horses (2016) by Ann Marie Fleming

Poetry Month

PLAYLIST: Poets on Film (Ages 12+)

FILM: Window Horses

MINI-LESSON: Metamorphosis 

Earth Day (Apr 22)

PLAYLIST: Naomi Klein’s Playlist of Films about the Environment (Ages 10+)

PLAYLIST: Earth Day | 10 films about issues facing our planet (Ages 10+)

MINI-LESSON: Waterlife


Asian Heritage Month

PLAYLISTS: The Chinese-Canadian Experience (Ages 14+)

MINI-LESSON: Everything Will Be

MINI-LESSON: In the Shadow of Gold Mountain


National Indigenous Peoples Month

PLAYLIST: Orange Shirt Day

PLAYLIST: Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom (Ages 12–14)

PLAYLIST: Indigenous Cinema in the Classroom (Ages 15+)

BLOG POST: Indigenous Resistance and Culture: Four Films Depicting the First Nations Struggle for Survival and Identity

MINI-LESSON: Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

MINI-LESSON: Now is the Time

Pride Month

PLAYLIST: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Expanding Our Understanding (Ages 13-18)

PLAYLIST: Teaching Gender Identity in the Classroom (Ages 14+)

BLOG POST: Teaching Identity Politics in the Digital Age with “The Amina Profile”


MINI-LESSON: Love, Scott

World Oceans Day (June 8)

Ocean School


International Literacy Day (Sept 9)

PLAYLIST: Famous Canadian Authors (Ages 13 – 17)

PLAYLIST: Animating Media Literacy (Ages 14+)

MINI-LESSON: Expressions of Creativity

BLOG POST: Media Literacy: The Critical Path to a Connected World

OCTOBERExploring mental health

World Mental Health Day (Oct 10)

PLAYLIST: Understanding Mental Health in Youth and Adults (Ages 13+)

BLOG POST: Building Resilience in Students

BLOG POST: Exploring Mental Health in the Classroom


Remembrance Day (Nov 11)

PLAYLIST: War & Peace (Ages 10+)

PLAYLISTS: Canada at War Series (Ages 14+)

FILMReturn to Vimy

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov 25)

PLAYLIST: Shedding Light on the Scourge of Gender-Based Violence (Ages 14+)


MINI-LESSON: Because We Are Girls

FILM: The Apology


Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Human Rights (Dec 10)

PLAYLIST: Human Rights

PLAYLIST: Health Equity (Ages 13+)

BLOG POST: Freedom Road | The Power of Indigenous Activism and Community Involvement


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