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on Teaching Genocide

The Guide on Teaching Genocide

The Foundation for Genocide Education is the driving force behind the Quebec Education Ministry’s initiative to create a universal guide on teaching genocide.

The guide is the result of a collaboration between The Foundation for Genocide Education, the Université de Sherbrooke, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, the Quebec Education Ministry, the Montreal Holocaust Museum, and representatives of the various communities highlighted in the guide.  Lead researchers are: Sivane Hirsch, Didactic Professor of Ethics, Department of Education, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Sabrina Moisan, Professor of History Education, Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke

This educational tool features case studies of nine significant 20th century genocides, including the cultural genocide of our First Nations, definitions of the stages leading to genocide, along with customizable teaching plans and reference materials. The interactive guide is now available in French (English to come in spring 2023) online in every high school across Quebec, reaching over 310 000 students in 800 schools. No other resource will achieve this widespread educational impact on the study of genocide. Educators from across Canada are eager to review this unique educational tool and bring it to their classrooms.

After public consultations with teachers across the province, our foundation discovered that educators struggle to tackle the topic of genocide in their classrooms. With the vast array of available material, the subject’s sensitive nature, and teachers’ time-pressed schedules, educators need an all-in-one pedagogical and historical resource on genocide education. We conveyed this information to the government. In response, the Quebec Ministry of Education engaged Professors Hirsch and Moisan to create this unique guide specifically tailored to teachers’ needs.

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Significant 20th century genocides

Features (nine) significant 20th century genocides, including the Holocaust, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, the Armenian genocide, and the cultural genocide against our First Nations. Each genocide is presented similarly, enabling teachers and students to draw comparisons between events and deepen their understanding of the genocidal process.

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The guide combines the best resources on genocide education in one accessible and interactive tool.  University professors, educators and community leaders have provided support and reviewed the guide. As well, training workshops will be offered to teachers to help them use the guide effectively.


The guide’s easy-to-use format allows teachers to achieve their pedagogical goals quickly. It provides an instructional video showing how the guide can be used, additional reference material for further learning and links to survivor video testimonies. Its flexible and interactive design is adaptable to several disciplines and individualized classrooms.

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