The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring youth understand and continue the tradition of Remembrance.
This Teaching Guide was developed by the Legion to assist primary and secondary school teachers in fostering the Tradition of Remembrance among Canada’s youth. It’s important that today’s youth have a fundamental understanding of how Veterans defended the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today.
The guide includes:
- Notes on Canadian military history, the Legion and important Canadian symbols
- Remembrance themes in stories, songs and poems, and suggestions for school Remembrance activities
- Information about the Poppy campaign and how the money donated is used
- Information on our National Poster and Literary Contest
Annual Poster, Literary and Video Contests
Are you an artist, wordsmith, or a filmmaker? Take those awesome words and pictures in your head and show the world!
Create something about remembrance and what it means to you and your country, and you can win local and national prizes.
Deadline: November 15th each year
Who Can Enter: All kids and youth in BC and Yukon
- Poster category: Grades K-12
- Essay category: Grades 4-12
- Poetry category: Grades 4-12
- Video category: Grades 5-12
How to Enter: Literary and Poster Submissions
Check out the Youth Education Brochure (pdf) for more details on what to do.
Create your work of art or literature about remembrance. You can create something that is broadly about remembrance or you can focus on something more specific – such as a family member who fought in the war, the poppy, a war memorial in your community, or the sacrifice of veterans.
Fill out the Literary and Poster Entry Form
Submit your art or literature and entry form in person to the Legion Branch closest to you by Nov 15.
How to Enter: Video Submissions
- Create your video about remembrance (max 3-4 minutes). Tap into your creativity to tell a story, or to show the world how you feel and what you think about remembrance. It can be animated, live-action, an interview, a collage of images – the sky is the limit.
- Make sure the music you use is original, creative commons, or created using YouTube Audio Swap.
- Upload the video to your YouTube account (you can create an account for free if you don’t have one).
- Fill out the Video Entry Form (pdf).
- Email your video link and entry form to email@example.com by Nov 15.
Literary and Poster Prizes:
- Monetary reward
- Trip to Ottawa
- Submissions will be displayed in the House of Commons or Canadian War Museum
Video Contest Prizes:
Want some inspiration? Check out winners from previous years.
Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to help!