Glossary

Several terms or concepts are used in Tales of Animals in War that young students might not be familiar with. You can use this glossary to explain what these words mean or you could use it as a pre-reading activity. Students could use it as the basis of their own illustrated 'glossary'.

Camp Valcartier
this was the first large training base for many Canadian soldiers in the First World War, and it was located in the village of Valcartier, Quebec.
Canadian Armed Forces
Canada’s military including those who serve on land in the Canadian Army, on sea in the Royal Canadian Navy and in the air in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Canadian Shield
a large geographic area in central Canada, made up of bare rock dating more than 540 million years ago.
Combat boots
these are military boots designed to be worn by soldiers during combat or combat training.
Conflict
fighting between countries or groups of people.
D-Day
the day (June 6, 1944) in the Second World War on which Allied forces invaded northern France by way of beach landings in Normandy, France.
Juno Beach
Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War. Juno Beach was the beach that the Canadians landed on.
La Belle Province
If translated, "La belle province" means "the beautiful province" and it is a nickname for Quebec, a French-speaking province in Eastern Canada.
Mascot
animal which is kept by a military unit for ceremonial purposes, to be a comfort to humans, or to serve as a good luck charm.
Memorial
an object like a statue to honour and remember people or an event.
Monument
a memorial stone or building to honour and remember people or an event.
Mosaic
"Canadian mosaic" means the mix of different ethnic groups, languages and cultures that exist within our country.
Port
a maritime docking facility where ships may dock to load and discharge passengers and cargo, usually situated on the coast such as the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Regiment
a troop of infantry (soldiers) consisting of at least two battalions (army groups), or at least one thousand soldiers.
Sacrifice
the act of giving up something that you want to keep.
Transatlantic
to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
“The Rock”
Newfoundland and Labrador is the most eastern province in Canada, and nicknamed “the rock”. It is an island located in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Tunnels
underground passageways that soldiers dug for protection and to keep out of sight of the enemy, especially during the First World War.
Veteran
a Veteran is a person who served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
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