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A lesson in what it means to be Canadian. Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age
Encounters with Canada is very honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the Vimy Foundation, offering a new theme week called "Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age," which will be introduced for the first time in April 2010. Thanks to this new partnership, youth who enroll in this week will have the opportunity to discover Vimy and its significance to Canada's evolution from a dominion to a nation among nations.
The Vimy Foundation believes that "the key to a successful future lies in knowing one's past, and that the remarkable story of Vimy should be shared with young people from across the country."
The Vimy Foundation was created in 2006 to raise awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a true milestone widely embraced as a turning point for Canada. For students interested in Canadian history and international affairs, this theme will focus on Canada's participation in the First World War, with seminars, conferences and debates on the Canadian Corps, the capture of Vimy Ridge, Canada's 100 Days, the conscription crisis and the home front, Canada's identity and its new role on the world stage following the First World War, and the legacy of Vimy.
The week includes a special visit to Parliament, the War Museum, a ceremony on Vimy Ridge Day and a farewell banquet. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the Vimy Youth Scholarship Prize - a summer youth experience in England, France and Belgium which takes place every August - with two outstanding participants chosen as recipients of this scholarship.