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Multicultural Canada Collection

This webquest was created to encourage the use of the Multicultural Canada digital archives.

The vision of Multicultural Canada is to promote greater learning, understanding and communication amongst and within the cultural groups that have built and continue to build a vibrant Canada.

Working collaboratively, the goal of Multicultural Canada is to contribute to the appreciation of Canada’s diverse heritage by using the internet to provide increased access to shared histories and experiences.

This includes:
Capturing and preserving first-hand accounts of first generation immigrants who share their early Canadian experience, along with digitizing and providing enhanced access to culturally significant materials in all mediums


The webquest can be completed individually or in small groups. It is designed to be self-directed and encourage student inquiry. The assignments are all designed to be completed electronically and saved on a computer with all research, tasks and final projects completed digitally. Assignments can be assessed using the rubric on the Evaluation page by the student, the teacher or collaboratively. The teacher may wish to adapt the rubric to fit particular learning outcomes.

When completing the webquest task it would be helpful for the students to keep a record of all the sites they visit for referring back to and for correctly referencing any material used. An easy way for students to keep such a record is by bookmarking the sites using delicious. A tutorial is found below.

Webquests require the use of a variety of computer software programs. All of the software needed for this webquest is either a free download or one that is commonly purchased and available on educational computers. Additionally, there are many substitute programs that can used to complete the webquest should the recommended one not be available. A list of software programs needed and tutorials for them are found below.

Downloads & Tutorials

Downloads & Tutorials
Downloads Tutorials  
Audacity ::YouTube ::TeacherTube
PhotoStory 3 ::JakesOnline ::Technogogy
Inspiration ::QuickStart ::SD6
delicious ::CommonCraft ::SlideShare
Cute PDF ::TechRepublic ::YouTube

Sample Project

Doukhobor Photostory

Created by a Grade 5 ESL student

Learning Outcomes

Intermediate Level

Gather a body of information from a variety of primary and secondary sources

  • Retell a story from an interview
  • Apply established criteria to compare information sources
  • Apply a variety of strategies to record information gathered from sources
  • Create a bibliography of all sources used

Apply critical thinking skills - including comparing, imagining, inferring, identifying patterns, and summarizing - to selected problems and issues

  • Compare information and viewpoints about a selected problem or issue
  • Identify patterns in information, and use those patterns to draw inferences
  • Demonstrate an ability to imagine situations and results in relation to a selected problem or issue
  • Summarize information and opinions about a selected problem or issue

Assess why immigrants came to Canada, the individual challenges they faced, and their contributions to Canada

  • Through role play, simulations, or letters, present personal perspectives of the challenges faced by immigrants
  • Give historical reasons for the immigration of specific cultural groups to Canada
  • Create a representation of how immigration has led to the development of Canada as a cultural mosaic

Create a presentation on a selected historical event or topic

  • Organize information to plan their presentation
  • Use an outline organize information in a coherent format
  • Prepare a presentation using selected communication forms to support the purpose of the presentation
  • Apply established criteria for their presentation