Peacekeeping – Remembrance Day

Do some research on Canadian Peacekeeping missions.  Highlight in the blog the points that you think would be most important to share with the school.  Make sure that you are using valid sites – for example you may want to start with Wikipedia to give you an idea but then move on to the Canadian War Museum, the Armed Forces, the CBC archives and Veterans Canada sites.  Look for testimonials, poems, personal narrations about the experiences and the impact it has on the world.

Also add here what you think that you could contribute to the Remembrance Day ceremony whether it is a song, poster, skit, script, slide show or other…

36 thoughts on “Peacekeeping – Remembrance Day

  1. I think it is important to highlight when Canada first decided to start peace keeping missions. It is a big part of Canada’s culture. I also think it’s nice touch to add a few of the places they have gone and to say how many troops we’ve lost. Also, if appropiate, to add in how PTSD is affecting our vetrans and how they don’t really go out and ask for help. I would like to contribute by helping with a script. Whatever we decide to do I am excited to help

    1. It’s definitely important that we talk about when Canada first started peacekeeping missions and why. This background information will help our audience better understand peace keeping in itself and why we chose that as our topic.

    2. I want to learn more about the PTSD side because I’m not really familiar with it. How PTSD affects their lives when they return. As well as why when they return they are left homeless and not with family. Where is the love and respect from us…? I would understand if they had no family back here, but is it because their wives or husbands leave or something happens..?

      1. For sure we need to at least briefly discus the topic of PTSD, as it is important to show the we are aware of what could possibly be going on within the minds of the peacekeepers. However, we need to make sure we keep it mature and respectful as we don’t want to accidentally end up insulting anyone.

      2. There are many war movies or documentaries that do a great job at conveying to us what PTSD victims go through and how it affects them when war veterans return home. Its really hard to watch but its well worth it for getting an idea as to how PTSD affects Veterans.

    3. I agree with what you’re saying. We defiantly need to appreciate our fellow troops for what they have done for out country.

    4. I know it isn’t our place to say but my opinion is that we should add a little more detail to what they soldiers have gone through. For example, Romeo Dallaire has seen some pretty gruesome things in his life and they are too inappropriate to discuss but sometimes to actually understand someone’s point of view or feelings, you have to visualize what they’ve seen or basically put yourselves in their shoes. Like with the 22 pushups for 22 soldiers and how you said they commit suicide. We have an idea on why but we don’t actually know until we have some sort of acknowledge of what they’ve seen and sometimes it is horrid but that’s the only way to actually feel what they feel. So maybe describing a little bit of what they’ve seen might “touch” the kids we’re presenting to. When I hear stuff like what Dallaire has seen, I cringe and I actually understand.

    5. Yes! I agree: I think we don’t focus very much, if at all, on PTSD: For so many of these soldiers, the war doesn’t end when they come home: it keeps going on inside their heads and there are so, so many that aren’t getting the help that they need: definitely too many. Good idea with the PTSD!

    6. Very well said Heaven! But I think you should elaborate more on how Peace-keeping is part of our culture to inform people who are not well informed about peace-keeping and how they contribute to our country. I also think we should inform and raise awareness on PTSD so not well informed people can help our veterans.

  2. I think the most important points to show you guys about Peacekeeping-Remembrance Day is that more than 125,000 Canadian citizens had participated in international activities helping people around the world and that Canada had aided people with their support to restore peace and security. November 11th is known as a memorial day or can be known as poppy day for the veterans who died or fought in war. There are many memorials around the world that are dedicated to the veterans who fought in war and the citizens that had helped in the peacekeeping missions, places so close that probably no one ever realized that we have one in Rexton, NB in front of the post office naming each of our veterans that lived around here died helping our people live in peace.
    What I would love to do for the Remembrance Day presentation is take photos of the memorial stone in Rexton and show all the students the amount of people in this area that had passed away or risking their own lives for our freedom and safety.

    1. I think that it would be a great idea to show everyone how many people have actually gone to help with these peacekeeping missions especially how many have gone around here. think it would be a great idea to show the names of the people who died fighting for the freedom and peace of others.

  3. I think that in our portion of the Remembrance Day ceremony, we should include poems and narratives that tell the stories of our Canadian peacekeepers. http://www.peacekeeper.ca/stories.html has some very good poems and stories of their experiences. I also think that not only should we talk about the peacekeeping missions themselves, we should talk about the living conditions of the veterans when they return from their missions. Many are left homeless, or with mental health issues, such as PTSD. It’s important that people see both sides of their situation. I believe that by showing their struggle and the reality of what they go through, people will gain more respect for the veterans. I would like to contribute by creating a slideshow of photos, and facts, or maybe even videos.

    1. I like your idea on adding stories of the veteran’s experience. I feel like word for word from what they’re saying would be the best idea because it would, in my experience, make a bigger impact on students. I also super agree with adding a piece on PTSD because everyone talks about the heroic side of the soldiers but not about the aftermath of war.

    2. I like the idea of reading poems and getting the stories from the veterans. We could also see about veterans who have been back for years and have gotten help, maybe some are willing to help the veterans who are returning. To help by tell their stories and how they got their lives back to normal. Because they can get help from helpers but only people who have been there can really relate to what they are thinking and feeling.

    3. I think it’s absolutely important to share the story and past living conditions of soldiers and peacekeepers. Living conditions, in particular, are something that isn’t often covered in presentations of this sort. What do their quarters look like during their work in other countries? How many other special forces do they live with in one place? Do they have easy access to contacting their families? Are these quarters safe? I feel that a perspective into how the soldiers and peacekeepers live while on the job might have a large impact on people who have gotten the niceties and material possessions we consider commonplace here in Canada.

      1. That is a really good idea Emma, and I absolutely agree with you. But how do you think we should inform people about these living conditions? I was thinking maybe a few poems and someone do a PowerPoint at the Remembrance Day ceremony.

    4. That is a really good idea! it’ll show that many veterans usually bring the war back home with them. I also believe that a really good poem can stay in your head for awhile, before I made poems I really loved other poems and their words seemed to stay with me. Maybe a really great poem can open some peoples eyes

    1. I think that it is a good idea, but not the funny ones. We need to show the shocking ones and then everyone would realize how hard the peacekeepers works and the situations that they have to go through.

      1. Yea that’s true. There is a lot of different kind of stories and poems etc. on the website so we should be able to find something.

      2. Maybe showing the funny ones will show that although they are going threw a hard time they still make time to laugh. It will hopefully be a eye opening thing for people to see. That even thought they are fighting for others they can still look at the bright side.

  4. When Canada decided to get involved in the peacekeeping its role and contribution during the 20th century is what made it noticeable world power. For my contribution I would like to add a couple of videos together of people doing the 22 pushups that was going around on Facebook in what it relates to Remembrance Day. What I really what to highlight on is why when the veterans comes home they are homeless, left with PTSD and alone. When what they need is love, and understanding and talking to people to help them through what they went through.

  5. I think what we should include in our presentation is perhaps a video, either regarding how recent peacekeeping missions have gone, or in regards to peacekeeping veterans suffering through PTSD, homelessness, or poverty, as it’s hard for many to understand what a situation is like, until it’s directly in front of you. ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8FoTkuMyJ8 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwnEw5npzpA .
    Above all, our presentation should respect the veterans, and those who have lost their lives in combat or attempting to create peace. While future peacekeeping missions may offer interesting prospects for Canada, I feel that our place is to honor those that have dedicated their time to fighting and peacemaking for our country, and perhaps paying tribute to places in crisis such as Syria.
    As for what I’d like to contribute, I’d be eager to work on script writing for our piece.

    1. I think this is a great point. I think by using a video and people seeing how its like to be in these places and to talk about how people suffer from PTSD in the second video. And I agree that we should focus on honoring our fallen peacekeepers who have died trying to save so many people it’s only fair for us to do to help spread the message of how much our peacekeepers are doing to help so any people in need.

  6. I think the most important things that we need to show about the peacekeeping missions are that it always helps the country and the losses are very low. As an example, Approximately 1600 Canadian forces personnel were deployed in the Operation HARMONY, and 11 died. The results in the end were very good, because the war ended when the Serbs agreed to stop the fighting. If we had more peacekeepers, we could change any critical situation around the world.
    For the Remembrance-Day I would like to do a slide show and tell more about peacekeepers and how hard they work for the peace and safety.

  7. In my opinion, for the Remembrance Day ceremony, it would help show students the importance What Canada has the Missions, also highlight Lester Pearson, it was que in the decade of 50 the person Which suggested an organization that could create a force Peace keepings , and Speaking of How Canada Became one of the countries most important and respected for perform the missions of peace and be UN Partner to Long time.

  8. Apparently if your take a look at this website Canada might become a top western contributor in peacekeeping missions. Which is a good thing for our country right. Also ministers announced that Ottawa is considering sending 600 troops and $450-million over three years for peacekeeping missions. In my opinion this is a good move for Canada. Canada hasn’t really been contributing in peacekeeping for the past decade which is a bad thing, I thought Canada was a helpful country.
    This website has more detail on what I was trying to say. I’m glad Canada is starting to help out other country’s, because it shows that are country is a good country.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/canada-returns-to-peacekeeping-tradition-plans-to-employ-600-troops/article31585520/

  9. Personally, I feel as though we should explore the emotional side of the conflicts. How the veterans felt going into the battles vs how they felt after. How they coped with having such a large weight on their chest, or even how they struggled with not properly dealing with the situation at hand.
    Those are just a few of the thoughts that come to mind. As for the presentation, I’m comfortable with preforming the skit with the others, as well as helping with the script writing.

  10. In 1993, Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire and his Blue Berets landed in Rwanda to guard the peace between the battling Hutus and Tutsis. The country was in ruins, threatened by the chaos of civil war. Suspecting a plot of genocide, Dallaire planned pre-emptive action. But the United Nations curbed Dallaire’s plans. Machete-wielding forces moved systematically through the country, slaughtering innocents. A year later, Dallaire and the peacekeepers left Rwanda. In 100 days, close to 800,000 Rwandans were brutally murdered by their fellow countrymen. In this CBC Television interview, Dallaire recalls being undermined by the United Nations, his dismissal from the military, and his subsequent deep depression. Dallaire stoically recalls the Rwanda peacekeeping operation and says with emotion and regret, “I failed yes, the mission failed and they died by the thousands.”
    Between 1964 and 1993, approximately 30,000 Canadians served on the Mediterranean island, patrolling the “Green Line,” a narrow buffer zone separating combatants in the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. In July 1974, at the height of the conflict, two Canadians were killed by gunfire and 17 others were wounded.
    The South African War (1899-1902) or, as it is also known, the Boer War, marked Canada’s first official dispatch of troops to an overseas war. In 1899, fighting erupted between Great Britain and two small republics in South Africa. The two republics, settled by Boers, were not expected to survive for long against the world’s greatest power. Pro-Empire Canadians nevertheless urged their government to help. The war, they argued, pitted British freedom, justice, and civilization against Boer backwardness. Over the next three years, more than 7,000 Canadians, including 12 women nurses, served overseas. They would fight in key battles from Paardeberg to Leliefontein. The Boers inflicted heavy losses on the British, but were defeated in several key engagements. Refusing to surrender, the Boers turned to a guerrilla war of ambush and retreat. In this second phase of fighting, Canadians participated in numerous small actions. Gruelling mounted patrols sought to bring the enemy to battle, and harsh conditions ensured that all soldiers struggled against disease and snipers’ bullets. Imperial forces attempted to deny the Boers the food, water and lodging afforded by sympathetic farmers. Britain’s grim strategy took the war to the civilian population. Canadian troops burned Boer houses and farms, and moved civilians to internment camps. In these filthy camps, an estimated 28,000 prisoners died of disease, most of them women, children, and black workers. Civilian deaths provoked outrage in Britain and in Canada. This harsh strategy eventually defeated the Boers.
    Here are a couple examples of peacekeeping missions that I’ve found and the first mission is the one I’m researching for the Remembrance Day thing. Debbie and I will be making a poster filled with pictures and information about Rwanda and Romeo Dallaire with PTSD.

  11. I think we should go through the history of Canadian peace keeping. Peace keeping missions have been going on for a REALLY LONG TIME and the only time I heard about is briefly with my brother who is in the army and in class. If we do a brief yet educational of the peace keeping missions that our people have gone through it’d might open some eyes. Also we should highlight people that were in charge or maybe talk about the casualties when on these peace keeping missions

  12. I think that it would be a good idea to focus on both the peacekeeping missions, especially the first few, what had happened and how it had gone, and, of course, the lives of the soldiers after in general: how they must have struggled to adjust to life back home, what it must be like to go from war back into a peaceful home life. It’s important to acknowledge that the soldiers still fight and struggle even after they come home.

  13. I think the most significant things we need to know about Canadian peacekeeping is when it began back in the 50’s when Lester Pierson (Canada’s ambassador) suggested to the United Nations about sending people to other countries to have a peace-keeping force for a solution of battle. This force was placed into war to maintain a cease fire for an alternate solution of the countries conflict. There are about 50 peace-keeping missions that occurred since the late 50’s, some which are still ongoing since 1967.
    For the Remembrance Day ceremony, I would like to do some kind of information project on one of the peace-keeping missions in Bosnia.

  14. I think we should talk about past peacekeeping missions that Canada has done and the history of how Canada started doing peacekeeping missions. It would also be very important t talk about how PTSD affects the soldiers lives after a mission and how they are supposed to live with the constant stress of it. Also, we should talk about the experiences of peacekeepers and their story’s on how they felt during and after the mission. For my part to contribute to the presentation I will be making a poster regarding PTSD and how our peacekeepers struggle with it

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