Have Pointe-à-Callière and its guides join you remotely in the classroom! With our virtual guided tours for schools, your class can deepen their knowledge of history and discover remarkable archaeological remains and artifacts as though your students were at the Museum itself!
During this educational activity, your students will dive into the history of New France and discover the different First Nations that occupied the territory in the 17th and 18th centuries, their different ways of life, and the importance of the trade and ties that they forged with each other. Through the presentation of archaeological remains, artifacts and models of First Nations dwellings, students will learn how different Indigenous peoples lived and used the territory.
Through a virtual tour designed for school groups and led by one of our qualified guides, this hybrid educational activity will first take you on a remote discovery of Pointe-à-Callière and the history of our archaeological sites. Your students will discover the Museum’s Where Montréal Began exhibition and the remains of Fort Ville-Marie, The Great Peace of Montréal exhibition, and some aspects of the Crossroads Montréal exhibition. The tour will also describe the Europeans’ arrival to the St. Lawrence Valley and their first contact with Indigenous peoples, their ties and trade, and the key events that marked the New France era, including the Great Peace of Montréal in 1701.
After the virtual tour, our guide will stay online for an interactive activity to help you and your class dive further into the content of the virtual tour. During this part, students will discover various artifacts and learn about archaeological principles to help them better understand the traces of our past and approach the concepts of treaties, alliances and trade between the First Nations and Europeans.
A Museum guide will be there to answer your students’ questions throughout this activity, which is based on dialogue, observation and discovery.
To get a better idea of what this activity will look like in your classroom, you can watch this Radio-Canda report who paid us a visit during one of our activity (in French only)
How it works
This activity takes place over Microsoft Teams. When you make your reservation, you will receive a personalized link so that you can log on at the scheduled date and time and connect with our guide, who will welcome your group remotely!
You will need:
- 1 computer with an Internet connection (with activated speakers, microphone and webcam)
- 1 projector or screen (IWB or TV)
The workshop activities are in line with the goals of the government’s educational program and will help students develop specific competencies.