Public Health and the Environment in Montréal, from the 17th tu the 21st Centuries.
We’ve come a long way since people used to draw their drinking water straight from the St. Lawrence and dump their wastewater in the street! Water has a whole history of its own… Your students will follow the ancient waterway from the old sewer to the pumping station and discover the ingenious ways Montrealers have managed this precious resource since the 17th century. They’ll get straight answers to some key questions about drinking water and wastewater, from the past to the present day!
Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, was built atop the Little St. Pierre river, which was turned into a sewer in the 19th century, so the Museum knows something about the subject. Especially since it is also home to the city’s first electric wastewater pumping station!
Learn about how Montrealers have found ingenious ways to manage their water all the way back to the 17th century, through a multidisciplinary interactive workshop. Immerse your students in some vital issues – access to drinking water and wastewater management through the years, right up until today.
What will the students do during the workshop?
- Examine authentic objects and remains illustrating the evolution of water management technology in Montréal.
- Recognize changes that occurred from one historical period to another and make links with the present.
- Try to solve problems related to water management during different periods, by coming up with their own hypotheses.
- Take part as a group in technical demonstrations and role-playing exercises, to understand the operation of the Youville Pumping Station.
Concepts covered during the workshop
Natural resources (water), urbanization, interaction between people and their environment, wastewater treatment, access to drinking water, development of materials, public health, pumping system, environment.
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec and Ontario education programs and help develop the following competencies.
They are in keeping with general educational concerns about raising environmental awareness, in that they encourage the students to create a dynamic relationship with their surroundings, while maintaining critical judgment concerning the exploitation of the environment and technological development.
By examining the urban territory of Montréal and its development from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the students will have a chance to learn about issues surrounding water supply and wastewater management, by applying the following subject-specific competencies: