In partnership with Elections Saskatchewan, the Diefenbaker Canada Centre is proud to offer the educational program Your Voice Matters (YVM). Your Voice Matters is a curriculum-based educational program that is intended to counter current voter apathy and inspire interest and understanding in the realm of politics and active citizenship. Your Voice Matters is offered to students from Grades 4-8, and split into two lesson plans one for grades 4, 5, and 6, the other for grade 7 and 8. Below is a video of Dr. Michael Boda, the chief electoral officer of Saskatchewan, talking about the importance of democracy and learning about democracy. For more information about Your Voice Matters, [Click Here]
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre offers educational programs for children, families, teachers, adult learners, and special interest groups alike. Programs are curriculum based, can be adapted to suit most grades and learning needs, and have been designed to enrich understanding through experiential learning. They are offered throughout the academic year, and can be used as effective extensions to classroom instruction.
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable student employees trained to interpret and present information lead each of the DCC’s educational programs. Large groups or multiple classes visiting are divided into groups of approximately 25 students, allowing for active participation in the educational experience. Please communicate the duties expected of supervisors who accompany the class:
- It is the role of supervisors and group leaders to deal with classroom management, to accompany students to the washroom if necessary, and ensure that students conduct themselves in an orderly fashion when moving from one venue to another in the museum.
- Supervision is essential in maintaining a safe and respectful environment for students, interpreters, building staff and students, and museum artefacts and exhibits.
The museum is a public facility, and your group may share gallery space with other visitors. We make every effort to ensure that all visitors have an enjoyable and enlightening time. The Diefenbaker Building houses the Diefenbaker Canada Centre as well as the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Centre for the Study of Cooperatives. We ask that your group be aware that research and lectures are taking place in the building, and conduct themselves accordingly.
Each program element is usually one-hour and thirty minutes in length. Groups with more than 25 students will be divided and participate in alternating programs extended to up to three hours. Educational programs are available during regular museum hours.
- No food, drinks, gum, backpacks, or large handbags are allowed in the galleries.
- When note-taking in the galleries, please ensure that only pencils are used.
- Please feel free to bring a camera! Photography (No Flash) is permitted in certain areas of the Centre; your interpreter will inform you of areas in which photography is allowed.
Please contact the Centre for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 966-8384.