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Strike 1919 

Curriculum Target Grades: 6, 9, 11

Suitable for Grades: 4-12

This program explores what was happening on the ground in May and June 1919 using archival photographs and images and audio from the Manitoba Museum’s exhibition, Strike 1919: Divided City. Explore the causes of Canada’s largest strike, from post-war unemployment to the Spanish flu. Discover different perspectives and what the Strike reveals about divisions in society. 

Curriculum Connections

Grade 6

  • KG-040: Describe Canada’s involvement in the First World War and identify its impact on Canadian individuals and communities.
  • KH-035: Describe the causes, main events, and results of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.
  • KH-037: Describe changing roles for women in Canada from 1914 to 1945.
  • VI-006: Value the contributions of various groups to the development of Canada.
  • VH-013: Appreciate the struggles of past generations in achieving the rights that people in Canada enjoy today.

Grade 9

  • KC-005: Give examples of ways in which government affects their daily lives.
  • KP-046: Give examples of ways in which people can individually and collectively influence Canada’s political and social systems.
  • VP-015: Be willing to exercise their responsibilities and rights as citizens living in a democracy.
  • KC-011: Identify ways in which democratic ideals have shaped contemporary Canadian society. 

Grade 11

  • Enduring Understandings: Immigration has helped shape Canada’s history and continues to shape Canadian society and identity. The history of Canadian citizenship is characterized by an ongoing struggle to achieve equality and social justice for all.
  • Topic: Effects of industrialization and urbanization: growth of cities, trade unions, Winnipeg General Strike (1919)


Email [email protected] or call 204-988-0626 for more information and to discuss options for your class, group, or family.