Resources for Educators

Conflict Resolution Workshops

In the fall of 2014,the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, is launching a pilot program to help youth in Ottawa learn important conflict resolution skills. Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this program is offered free of charge for schools and community groups.

How does it work?

  • The workshop will take place over three days within a two-week period.
  • Day One and Day Three are 60 to 90 minute sessions in your classroom or regular meeting place.
  • Day Two takes place at the Diefenbunker in Carp, Ontario.
  • Youth participants will learn vocabulary and skills necessary for successful conflict resolution.
  • Participants will take part in an immersive learning activity, on site at the Diefenbunker, which simulates an international conflict.
  • Youth will take on the roles of key government and military officials during the emergency, and learn to communicate and make decisions on a global scale, applying the conflict resolution skills taught by the Diefenbunker’s trained instructors.
  • The session will culminate in a debriefing and self-analysis session that encourages youth to reflect on the activities and how to apply conflict resolution skills in their daily lives.
  • Conflict resolution skills follow the model developed by YOUCAN Ottawa, who have been successfully teaching conflict resolution skills to youth for over 20 years.

Who is invited to participate?

  • Youth in grades 7 to 10.
  • Schools and community groups in the Ottawa area.

What is required?

  • Fill out the attached form and return it to the Diefenbunker.
  • Be flexible with your dates – in order to maximize the number of participants in this pilot program, the Museum will be booking sessions with many different classes across Ottawa. We will need at least one regular class period for Days One and Three, and the group will spend an entire day at the Museum on Day Two.
  • All groups must be willing to participate in evaluation before and after the schedule program, including teachers, students, and administration.
  • The Museum is looking for teachers, schools, and community groups who are invested in learning from this program, and who will follow up in class.The Museum is able to provide financial support for bussing and transportation costs from your location to the Diefenbunker in Carp, ON.

This will be arranged with the museum staff if your group is selected to participate.To apply to participate, please download the form here, and return it to us as or fax to 613 839 3725.

Please contact Asha Bruce, Conflict Resolution Coordinator, with any questions at or (613) 839-0007 x274.