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Date > 2000

Armed Forces Programs and Operations - National Security and Defence

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. The role that the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces play in the world is explored through this group of short films. Various peacekeeping missions are looked at as well as some training and recruitment videos.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

Holding Up Half the Sky: Women's History Lesson Plan

Type: Document

"Women hold up half the sky" is a saying that values the contributions of women to our world. This activity introduces some of Canada's remarkable female "agents of change" and the organizations with which they worked.

Site: Parks Canada

The 1980 Review and Prognosis

Type: Document

Further reviews looking at the unification of Canada's armed forces concentrated on making things work, rather than an assessment of whether it was the right path to take. The process has been controversial, but has been overtaken by the issues of funding and equipment renewal.

Site: National Defence

A Vital Factor – The Militia

Type: Document

A vital factor throughout Canadian military history has been the role of the militia or reserves. While there has been a shift from a small professional core of soldiers supporting a larger militia, to a small militia supporting a larger regular force; society has seen the necessity of funding both groups.

Site: National Defence

Past Operations - Canadian Armed Forces

Type: Document

A list of past operational missions on which Canadian soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel have been deployed. Includes links to more information about these missions.

Site: National Defence

The Total Force Concept

Type: Document

The 1987 White Paper envisaged a new role for the reserves within the new NATO plan for fighting conflicts in Europe. The regular force and the militia were to be integrated into a total force, with militia members serving as individual augmenters to the regular forces. This role has seen thousands of militia members serve in the Middle East, the Balkans and elsewhere with the regular forces.

Site: National Defence

A New Militia

Type: Document

The 1995 Dickson commission made a number of recommendations related to Canada's armed forces, including unit rationalization, guaranteed individual training days, equal pension rights with the regular force, and job protection when reservists are on call-outs. Many of the proposed reforms had only had a cosmetic effect without affecting the deepest problem – how do the reserves and regular forces integrate their missions.

Site: National Defence