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Exploring Canada’s Federal Election with maps

ArcGIS Online Web maps and applications can be used to interactively visualize change and to begin the inquiry process with your students. The outcome of the recent federal election is a perfect opportunity to bring a real world issue into the classroom. Find out what resources are available on this current event that will allow you to begin the discussion and inquiry with your students.

On October 19th, Canadians went to the polls for the 42nd  Canadian general election. Use the following ArcGIS Online 2015 federal election resources to visualize how our country is changing and ideas that will encourage students to inquire about the important outcomes of this election, such as why voter turnout increased and why the Liberals won with a majority government.

Compare Canada’s Federal Elections using this story map.

 To learn more about Canadian history, explore the following resources:

Learning outcomes from this story map include understanding World War I's impact on Canadian women and their contributions on the home front and overseas. 

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    Explore the Aboriginal and European settlements in Canada circa 1630, 1740 and 1823 using this Web map.
  • War of 1812 (Web Lesson)
    In this lesson, students will use ArcGIS Online to create a spatial journal based on historical events surrounding the Battle of Fort George during the War of 1812.
  • Canadian Historic Railways (Web Lesson)
    In this lesson, students will use a time-enabled map service to view the growth of the Canadian Railroad between 1835 and 1995.

To find other resources that are tied to curricula across Canada, visit the Esri Canada’s Lesson Planner.

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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