Virtual Classroom to commemorate Remembrance Day 2012

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About the virtual classroom

Participate in a real-time conversation with Canadian soldiers who recently served in Afghanistan. To mark Remembrance Day, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian War Museum are offering students (only from Grade 9 to college or CEGEP levels) the chance to ask members of the Royal 22e Régiment about their daily lives as peacekeepers on the ground.

Where: Live in your classroom via teleconferencing from the Canadian War Museum*
When: In French on November 6 and in English on November 7, 2012, both days at 1:30 p.m. EST (1-hour duration)
Hosts: Historian Dr. Andrew Burtch and NFB Education team member Michèle Tredger

About the film

In this documentary, we hear directly from soldiers serving in the Royal 22e Régiment—all of them francophone. Members of the regiment (known in English as “Van Doos”) were filmed in the field in March 2011, during their deployment to Afghanistan. They speak with ease and a rare candour about themselves and their work, whether out on patrol or performing their duties at the base. The film’s images and interviews bring home the complexity of the issues on the ground and shed light on the little-understood experiences of the men and women who served in Afghanistan. The Van Doos in Afghanistan is an exceptional film that lets the soldiers speak for themselves.

I want to join the conversation with my classroom!

To participate, simply purchase the documentary The Van Doos in Afghanistan at the institutional use price. By purchasing the film, you will be automatically registered to participate in our event. You will receive an e-mail shortly after finalizing your purchase with further important information about the NFB virtual classroom in November.

Show the film to your class and use our educator's guide to help spark discussion about the issues of contemporary war and the experiences of soldiers. Next, have students prepare questions for the soldiers, and submit them before Friday, October 19, 2012 to Our selection of questions will be representative of all the questions we receive. We will let you know which students have been selected to ask their questions by October 26, 2012.

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This event is offered free of charge with the purchase of the film. Please note that space is limited for this event. Registration ends October 26, 2012.

Your school will be asked to participate in a technical test of video and audio equipment. Log-in information will be e-mailed prior to the event.

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*If you wish to participate in the event on location at the Canadian War Museum, please send a separate e-mail to once you have completed online registration. A full day of programs and activities will be offered to participating groups at the Canadian War Museum.

To learn more

Learn more about the topic of War and History by exploring these and other NFB resources and educational websites:


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