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Newsletter 01/2012

Dear Friends of Canada,

In this newsletter, we would like to update you on a number of topics and inform you about upcoming events connected with the Marshall McLuhan Salon.

New teaching materials are currently being offered, including a map of Canada for the classroom and items for download from our website. The Salon is also screening new films.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Salon soon and wish you a pleasant summer.

The Marshall McLuhan Salon Team
Embassy of Canada



August 31 to September 14: Marshall McLuhan Salon closed on Fridays

Guided visits for school groups will continue to be offered Monday through Thursday during this period. The Salon will be open again from 10 am to 5 pm on Fridays starting September 21.

Coming soon: Canada quiz

The Marshall McLuhan Salon is planning to hold regular Canada quizzes for 6th grade students. An initial trial round is planned for autumn 2012. All quiz questions will of course be related to Canada and the winner will not go away empty-handed. All participants will have the opportunity to find out more about Canada, while at the same time getting to know the Embassy. Let us know if you are interested: info@mcluhan-salon.de.

“Indians”? – No, “First Nations”!

For primary school students of the 4th to 6th grades, we are offering special guided visits on the topic of First Nations. Short animated films and interactive games designed to appeal to children provide insights into the myths and lives of Canadian indigenous peoples. If you are interested, please contact us at: info@mcluhan-salon.de

From Whitehorse to St. John’s: Exploring Canada with the beaver – New map of Canada for the classroom

Bring Canada into the classroom with this new map in an attractive, colourful design and join the beaver on a journey of discovery.



Interactive Canada map now available at: www.explorer.mcluhan-salon.de

This trilingual interactive map allows students to explore various topics, such as the history, geography and economy of Canada, in a fun and varied way. The Canada Explorer is available on DVD and at: www.explorer.mcluhan-salon.de 



Canada at school: Teaching and learning materials on our website

Following the Land of Hesse, Schleswig-Holstein is also now set to integrate Canada as a reference country in its centralized upper secondary school curriculum. Canada already features in many English and French curricula of other German Länder. In this context, we are offering supplementary teaching and learning materials, which registered users can download at teaching and learning material. If you have any questions on materials or content, please contact us at info@mcluhan-salon.de.


New films in the Marshall McLuhan Salon

We would like to draw your attention to the following films:

Topic: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods
© 2007 National Film Board of Canada / 8 minutes
The outsider Maq, a boy from the Mi'gmaq First Nation community, learns on a journey through the woods about the secrets of life and his own culture, an experience that raises his self-confidence (animated film, English / French).

Vistas: Aboriginal expressions
© 2009 National Film Board of Canada/Aboriginal Peoples Television Network /each 5 minutes
Short films dealing with the daily lives, culture and identity of Canada’s indigenous peoples (English / French).

Reel Injun
© 2010 National Film Board of Canada / 85 minutes
Entertaining and insightful documentary that takes a look at the “Hollywood Indian”. The Canadian Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explores the “Injun” myth and how it has shaped prejudices as well as the self-perception of First Nations (English / French).

Available now with German subtitles:

Out of Orbit: The Life and Times of Marshall McLuhan
© 1999 Raven West Films Ltd./CBC Television / 45 minutes
Documentary about the life and work of Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan. His essential ideas (“the global village”, “the medium is the message”) and their influence are clearly portrayed.


We also offer guided visits specifically on Marshall McLuhan for students and teachers. 


Media centre search

All new films and texts can be found under new in our online media centre.


On Friday, June 15 you and your class are warmly invited to attend a film screening on the topic of Canada’s First Nations to mark National Aboriginal Day, first celebrated in Canada in 1996. The film will be shown in English. As seating is limited, please would you pre-register by June 13, 2012. Please contact info@mcluhan-salon.de to register or in case of questions. We look forward to welcoming you.


 From June 22nd to 23rd the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies is offering a training course for EFL teachers 'Canadian Literature Day 2012: Teaching Canada in the EFL-Classroom'. For up to date information regarding the programme or possible changes please refer to http://www.uni-marburg.de/mzks/aktuelles


Up-to-date information on all upcoming events can be found in our news calendar on our website.