About

The Vimy Foundation, founded in 2006, is a Canadian charity with directors and members across the country. The mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

The Foundation carries out its mission by:

• spreading awareness through its educational programs, both domestic and overseas;

• spreading awareness through distributing souvenir items such as Vimy pins and Pilgrimage medals;

• spreading awareness through promoting greater recognition of April 9th as Vimy Day;

• spreading awareness through planning events for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle in 2017.

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Programs

At the Vimy Foundation we are dedicated to creating opportunities for young Canadians to learn about our First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at Vimy Ridge nearly 100 years ago.

That’s why we develop education programs to send youth from across the country to visit battlegrounds and memorials in France and Belgium and why we are spearheading the building of the new Education Centre at the site of the Vimy Memorial in France.

Upcoming Events

November 10 2018 - April 1 2019

10 November 2018 – 1 April 2019 – Toronto, ON – Canada’s Hundred Days: The Victory of the Great War :

The Canada’s Hundred Days exhibit has been installed at RCMI in time for Armistice 100. Featuring exceptionally rare and exciting Canadian Great War artifacts and colorized photography. Curated by RCMI Museum Curator, Ryan Goldsworthy.

To schedule a visit, please contact the RCMI directly at ryan.goldsworthy@rcmi.org.

 

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March 26 2019

26 March 2019 – FWW Speaker Series in Montreal, QC :

 

First World War Centennial Speakers Series
Propaganda during the Great War

26 March 2019 – Montreal, Quebec
Chateau Ramezay
5:30-7:30pm

 

 

On Tuesday, March 26, the Vimy Foundation presents the First World War Centennial Speaker Series with Guillaume Marceau and Marie-Eve Chagnon of the collective “Les échos de l’Histoire” on Propaganda during the Great War. One hundred years later, we still recognize the First World War as a truly transformative experience for Canada and the world.

Join us at this free, intimate event at the Chateau Ramezay to learn more about the role of propaganda and patriotic participation in the cultural issues of the Great War.  Through a comparative discussion, these two experts will first analyze the historiography surrounding the issue of atrocities in Belgium and the Manifesto of 93, a German document published in October 1914, and then examine the importance given to the Canadian side in concept of atrocities in propaganda, notably through the image of the “Crucified Soldier”, featured in the Canadian film Passchendaele in 2008.

The event will also feature a display of colourized archival photos, part of the Vimy Foundation’s First World War in Colour project.

Following the formal lecture, all guests will have the opportunity to join us for a cocktail reception and the chance to view the current exhibition at the Chateau Ramezay. WAR Flowers is an innovative, multi-sensorial exhibition exploring human nature in the landscape of war through floriography, sculpture and scent.

WAR Flowers features stations focused on ten Canadians of the Great War era:  John McCrae, Georges Vanier, Elsie Reford, Jean Brillant, Talbot Papineau, A.Y. Jackson, Percival Molson, Julia Drummond, Edward Savage and George Stephen Cantlie. The links between these individuals provide diverse perspectives on the Canadian contribution to the war effort. All these men and women had strong roots in the city of Montreal.

Read more about WAR Flowers from the Chateau Ramezay

Marie-Eve Chagnon is an independent researcher. She completed her Ph.D. at Concordia University in Montreal in April 2012 and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Canadian Center for German and European Studies at the Université de Montréal from 2012-2014. Her research focuses on the history of international scientific relations and more specifically on the impact of the First World War on the German and French scientific communities. Her current research analyzes the role played by the American scientific community in the process of reconciliation after the First World War. Since 2019, she co-founded the Echoes of History with Guillaume Marceau.

Guillaume Marceau is a lecturer, independent researcher and lecturer (Concordia, UQÀM, UQO, UdeM). He completed a Master’s degree in History at UQÀM in 2007. His research focuses on the world wars of the 20th century and more specifically on the relationship of liberal democracies with the phenomenon of propaganda between 1914 and 1950. His current work analyzes the issues of cultural myths in international relations and the impact of globalization on the national historical memory. Since 2019, he has co-founded Echoes of History with Marie-Eve Chagnon, PhD.

 

Seating is limited. Please reserve your free ticket through the reservation system below to confirm attendance. Please note that this event will take place in French.

For any questions, please contact the Vimy Foundation at info@vimyfoundation.ca.

 

 

Thank you to the Government of Canada for their support of this project.

 

Thank you to the R. Howard Webster Foundation for their support of this project.

 

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Learn

The message of Vimy Ridge is one of bravery and sacrifice. The battle, which took place on April 9, 1917, is commonly highlighted as a turning point in Canadian history, where the four Canadian divisions fought together as a unified fighting force for the first time. While 3,598 Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle, the impressive victory over German forces is often cited as the beginning of Canada’s evolution from dominion to independent nation.