FREE online workshops for teachers and facilitators

Parks Canada is pleased to partner with École en Réseau to present free online workshops all year long. This year, the workshops are:

  • Diplomacy in New France - November 3, 2022
  • Quarantine on Grosse Île: 1847 - March 17, 2023
  • The Fortifications of Québec and UNESCO - April 13, 2023

Facilitators and teachers are required to register online in advance for each workshop via the École en Réseau* website.

*Please note that the École en Réseau website is only available in French. However, all of the presentations listed on this page will be given in both official languages. Registration and information is available in English via the links below.

How does it work?

The day before each presentation, those who have signed up will receive an email with a link to join the workshop. All presentations will be recorded and can be viewed after the original presentation date using a link provided to those that registered for the presentation.


Detailed presentations


Diplomacy in New France

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What was the lifestyle of the settlers in New France? Did you know that there was a Governor General whose main function was diplomacy? At the same time, the Huron-Wendat lived in clans in longhouses. Students will learn about the importance of diplomatic relations between the governors and Huron-Wendat chiefs.

They will learn:

  • the roles of the Governor General and Sovereign Council
  • the importance of diplomacy and diplomatic relations with First Nations
  • the French settlers’ way of life in the 18th century
  • the longhouse lifestyle and relationships based on exchange

Target audience: Primary, Cycle 2 (Grades 3 and 4)
Date: November 3, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. (in English) *
Registration Deadline: November 2, 2022
Register: Diplomacy in New France
* This workshop will also be available in French on November 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. and 1:15 pm.

Quarantine on Grosse Île, 1847
Did you know that more than 90,000 immigrants, the majority of whom came from Ireland, passed through Grosse Île in 1847? Students will discover the history of Grosse Île, a quarantine station from 1832 to 1935. Special attention will be paid to the year 1847 and the history of Irish immigration to Canada.

They will learn:

  • the operation of a quarantine station
  • the Irish Tragedy of 1847
  • Irish Heritage in Canada

Target audience: Primary, Cycle 3 (Grades 5 and 6)
Date: March 17, 2023 at 1:15 p.m. (in English) *
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2023
Register: Coming soon
* This workshop will also be available in French on March 16, 2023 at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

The Fortifications of Québec and UNESCO
Do you know who convinced the population of Québec to keep its fortifications? Students will learn about the fascinating history of the fortifications to better understand why they are the cornerstone of the Old Québec historic district’s inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

They will learn:

  • The evolution of Québec’s defensive system from the 17th to the 19th century
  • Parks Canada’s role as guardian of the UNESCO Charter in Québec
  • Fortifications of Québec, from Lord Dufferin to the present day

Target audience: Secondary, Cycle 1 (Grades 7 and 8)
Date: April 13, 2023 at 1:15 p.m. (in English) *
Registration Deadline : April 12, 2023
Register: Coming soon
* This workshop will also be available in French on April 12, 2023 at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.