Peace and Freedom WebQuest

Qualities of a Peacekeeper

As a group identify at least 10 qualities you think a peacekeeper needs to have. Think about your classroom and what each of you need to do to keep your classroom peaceful. Create a small poster that illustrates what a peacekeeper would look like and include it in your coffee table book.

Write a song describing some of the skills that people need in order to get along with one another and which also sends the message that it is not cool to bully or ridicule.

The United Nations

Try and find out some general knowledge about the United Nations (UN), including the important role that it plays in peace keeping around the world.

At the United Nations CyberSchoolBus site you will find an introduction to the United Nations.

Some information that you may want to have in your chapter of the coffee table book includes:

  • What is the UN logo? Print off a copy to use in your chapter of the coffee table book.
  • When did the UN officially come into existence?
  • What is the purpose of the UN?
  • How many members are there in the UN?
  • Where is the UN Headquarters located?

The following activities will give you some good information to place in your chapter of the coffee table book:

  1. Describe in a paragraph the aims and principles of the United Nations. You can find information about this at the United Nations: An Introduction for Students section of the United Nations CyberSchoolBus site.
  2. Describe in a paragraph what organization preceded the UN? You can find information about this at the The predecessor: The League of Nations section of the United Nations CyberSchoolBus site.
  3. Read about the UN Charter at the The United Nations Charter section of the United Nations CyberSchoolBus site.

Canada and the United Nations

Canada played a very key role in the early development of the UN. What future Canadian Prime Minister won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with the UN? What did he do?

You can find information on Canada's involvement with the UN at the following sites:

Peace Begins with You!

In your group talk about ways that each of you are unique individuals. Write down one particular thing that makes each of you unique that you can put in your chapter of the coffee table book.

Next, talk about how important it is to respect the uniqueness of others. Can you live in peace if you do not respect the differences of others?

The UN wants students to learn about "Peace Education." The UN states that Peace Education is about how you can help build a better future and make your world a peaceful place in which to live. According to the UN, Peace Education asks you to answer questions such as: What is Peace? Is there peace in my life? Is there peace in my classroom? Is there peace in my family? Is there peace in my community? Where in my life would I like to see more peace? Where in my classroom would I like to see more peace? Brainstorm with your group to identify ways you can be more peaceful in your lives, in your class and in your community.

You can find additional information on peace at United Nations and the Culture for Peace.

Dealing With Conflict

Learn how to deal with conflict in non-violent ways at Voices of Youth – Violence, War and Conflict.

Children's Rights

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, states in article 38 that children have the right to be protected from War.

To read the poem, "The Eloquent Young Elephant," by Sheree Fitch, which is about article 38 (you have the right to be protected from War)

Did you hear the elephants
Trumpeting last night?
They thundered past my bedroom
The earth rumbled back in fright.

They were going to fight a battle
Thump-galumping off to war
Did you hear a wee small voice say
"what are we fighting for?"

Did you see the elephant kerfuffle
As they stopped marching on?
A toppled pile of elephants
A jungle tangle until dawn.

As they were unravelling
Their tails and trunks and ears
They had a chance to listen
Did you have a chance to hear?

The smallest of the elephants
The one who’d asked "What for?"
Crawled out from underneath and said
"I will not got to war!"

"I may be young but listen
I’m old enough to know
If I go on to battle
I might....

Was the Korean War Worth It?

There is no glory in war. But there is nobility and courage in action to protect values such as truth, peace, freedom and knowledge, values which Canadians hold dear. Sometimes there is a willingness to fight and die so that others may live free.

The Canadians who fought in Korea made a stand more than a half a century ago, one that will always be remembered as a time when an international group of nations stood together, collectively for the first time under the banner of the United Nations, and said "No! No country has the right to invade and occupy another." And then did something about it. These Canadians were part of history. They were part of world history and part of Canada's honourable heritage.

Canadians helped to save a small nation from the tyranny of occupation and slavery. Today we can stand in respect and admiration for those who came together, from nations all over the world, to fight the good fight in upholding the very principals and purposes for which the United Nations was founded.

For more information on the Korean War read the Canada Remembers the Korean War historical sheet.

How the Korean War reinforced Canada's reputation as a Peacekeeping Nation

The Korean war reinforced Canada's reputation that survives to this very day - that Canadians can always be counted on to fight for the peace and freedom of nations around the world. When help is needed the world has come to count on us. And that reputation was thoroughly upheld in the Korean campaign.

Over the past five decades since the Korean War we have become used to the notion of international troops and peacekeepers. Recently, we again became familiar with the multi-national nature of conflict after the Gulf War in 1991 and after September 11, 2001.

Canada's Involvement in Peacekeeping

To learn about Canada's involvement in peacekeeping you may visit the following sites and learn about:

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