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Canadian Military History hosts videos and short documentaries developed and produced through the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic ...
Canadian Military History hosts videos and short documentaries developed and produced through the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS) of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Our productions are created by students in the Department of History and with financial assistance from the Faculty of Arts. 

As part of our public outreach, this channel also hosts videos related to current research and work at LCMSDS, focusing primarily on the Canadian experience in historical and contemporary conflict.

2016 Laurier Digital History Documentaries

In HIS393: Multimedia Applications in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, students explored various forms of digital media in order to gain a better understanding of Canada’s First National Internment Operations during the First World War. At the start of the term, we explored digital data on internment experiences through analysis of internee mortality using the Commonwealth War Graves Registry and the Circumstances of Casualty database on Ancestry.ca (which is available free at any Waterloo Public Library), combined with data from Stats Canada’s historical statistics on the population.

In the second half of the term the students’ final group project was to create a digital documentary focusing on any aspect of internment. To supplement their digital research, students conducted interviews with faculty members Dr. Mark Humphries and Dr. Roger Sarty, experts in Canadian military history at the LCMSDS. One of the hardest parts of this assignment was to create a unified, focused and historically accurate narrative, but each group managed to tell a compelling story about this often neglected chapter of Canadian history.

At the end of the term we invited members of the community to the LCMSDS, to watch the students’ documentaries in a documentary symposium. This event was a wonderful forum for students to share their academic work and was a great way to end the term! Their videos are now posted on YouTube for a wider viewing audience in this playlist.
In HIS393: Multimedia Applications in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, students explored various forms of digital media in order to gain a better understanding of Canada’s First National Internment Operations during the First World War. At ...
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