Connections to the Law

History Centre Program

City culture and recreation facilities closed effective March 15

All programs are cancelled until the end of June

COVID-19 Update 


Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, all school field trips from March 18th until the end of June 2020 have been cancelled. For more information, please call 587-338-1781.

Registration for our 2020/2021 school year History Centre programs is almost open! If you have questions about registration, please email or call 780-992-6635.

Connections to the Law is a one-day, three session, Grade 5 program that details three strategies developed in the late 19th century by the Canadian Government to quickly and efficiently settle the newly opened Canadian West.

Everything You Need To Know

See the History Centre Programs Overview for instructions to best prepare your class for any History Centre program.

Topics Covered in this Program

Connections to the Law is held in the North West Mounted Police Fort and examines the following three topics:

  • Early West Surveyors. This session examines the role of land surveyors in preparing the Canadian West for settlement, and includes stories and artifacts that emphasize the challenges the early surveyors faced. Using surveying tools, students will survey a land map and then choose their own homestead, complete with a 1916 Dominion Lands Interim Receipt Certificate for their chosen land. This session is held in the NWMP Fort Program Space.
  • Treaties with the Indigenous Peoples – Treaty Six. This session investigates the factors that led to the signing of Treaty 6 and its impact on the Indigenous groups who signed it and the settlement of Western Canada overall. Students play the roles of both Cree people and early European settlers, giving them the opportunity to understand the signing of the treaty from both perspectives. This session is held in the North West Mounted Police Fort Divisional Kitchen.

Connections to Curriculum

General Outcome 5.1: Physical Geography of Canada
To understand and appreciate how the physical geography and natural resources of Canada affect the quality of life of all Canadians.

General Outcome 5.2: Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
To understand and appreciate the people and the stories of Canada and their ways of life over time, and appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage.

General Outcome 5.3: Canada: Shaping an Identity
To understand and appreciate the events and factors that have changed the ways of life in Canada over time and appreciate the impact of these changes on citizenship and identity.

For a detailed list of the Specific Outcomes & Skills and Processes that are taught in both Grade 5 programs, please contact the Fort Heritage Precinct Programs Coordinator – or 780-992-6635.

"Amazing learning connections were made between our study of past and present and your program. Lunch facilities were great. The games and hands on activities we played were so much fun. So many happy faces to be spending time in jail! The tour of village were also extremely well done. Again, the children were kept engaged and involved. The mock trial was great fun. I can’t say enough about your program It is absolutely fanstastic. Your staff does an outstanding job leading the children."