Chemin des Canadiens – Panels – Description

Example – A Man and His Map – Panel #4

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Chemin des Canadiens and panel geo-positioning example of the 3D model of Hill 145

Chemin des Canadiens

Geo-positioning Example

Hill 145 Panel location

Latitude: 50.3794078175762
Longitude: 2.7697563171386723
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Click here for the map of Hill 145 and 3D Model

The Chemin des Canadiens and the Open-Air Living Museum of panels being designed by Canadian L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada for the Municipality of Givenchy-en Gohelle, will be fully replicated in the Atlantic Memorial Park in Sydney Harbour (Cape Breton Island), Nova Scotia, Canada.

  1. The contribution of L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada to the Open-Air Living Museum will depict the history of the capture of Vimy Ridge, and the special relationship between the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders). It was the 85th Battalion who, under the leadership of Captain Percival Anderson of Big Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, led the victorious attack up Hill 145 where the Canadian National Vimy Memorial now stands. Hill 145 is located in the territory of the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle which is why it has a particular attachment to the 85th Battalion.
  2. The contribution of the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle to the Open-Air Living Museum will depict the history of their municipality before, during, and after the First World War, and will be located in the village (parts have already been completed).
  3. As part of ongoing joint projects between the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada, in March and April 2017 the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle was officially twinned with Cape Breton Regional Municipality, strengthening this unique historical and cultural bond and bringing with it plans for future co-operation to mutually promote both regions.
  4. The Canadian portion of the Open-Air Living Museum project will entail a series of 17 outdoor panels going along the Chemin des Canadiens from the Vimy Site towards the village of Givenchy-en-Gohelle. The panels will also be mounted in hard-copy form in a room at the Givenchy-en-Gohelle City Hall that is being dedicated to becoming a satellite museum of the Cape Breton Highlanders’ Museum in Sydney, Cape Breton. The panels will also be available virtually, showcasing the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders), Cape Breton, and Nova Scotia on both sides of the Atlantic, and indeed, around the world.
  5. One of the panels of the Open-Air Living Museum will be dedicated to the tune which was specially composed for the Vimy 100th anniversary by Cape Breton fiddler, Allie Mombourquette, entitled, “In Memory of Vimy Ridge / En Souvenir de la Crête de Vimy,” a hauntingly beautiful tune which has been recognized as the official tune of the Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle. L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada will make available the recording of the Vimy tune to visitors of the Open-Air Living Museum. They will be able to download the tune on their smart phone or tablet.
  6. L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada will also make available for one of the last panels of the Living Museum, “We Rise Again.” In November 2017, a 27-member Canadian delegation went on a pilgrimage to Vimy for Remembrance Week that was jointly organized by the Mayor and Municipality of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and the Odyssée de la Culture – Canada. Our group was housed with local villagers, an experience never-to-be forgotten and one which became life-long friendships for everyone involved on both sides of the Atlantic. As part of the week’s activities, the musicians in our delegation, including Allie Mombourquette, put on a concert for the people of Givenchy-en-Gohelle where the Vimy tune was officially released. At the end of the concert, a Video Tribute to all of our ancestors that we had created and set to Leon Dubinsky’s song, “We Rise Again,” was shown which had a profound impact on everyone in the audience. L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada will make available this Video Tribute for the “We Rise Again” panel of the Living Museum, as well as the documentary being put together by Cape Breton journalist, Cindy MacRae, who was a member of the Canadian delegation. The documentary, too, will be on the “We Rise Again” panel of the Living Museum.

L’Odyssée de la Culture – Canada hopes that its contribution to the Open-Air Living Museum (all volunteer) will provide a memorial to all those who served and who paid the ultimate sacrifice at Vimy; bring to a world-wide audience the inspirational story of the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders); showcase the very unique historical and cultural relationship that exists between Givenchy-en-Gohelle and Nova Scotia, promote these two regions on both sides of the Atlantic, and educate and inspire younger generations to always remember.

Panel #1

Introduction of the Open-Air Living Museum and why there is a focus on the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders).

Panel #2

The Canadian Corps’ Capture of Vimy Ridge – History.

Panel #3

85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) – History of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders).

Panel #4

“A Man and His Map” (Percival Anderson’s story, map, photo, & medals).

Panel #5

Tribute to Percival Anderson.

Panel #6

Cultural Representation in the 85th Battalion – History.

Panel #7

Tunnels, Tracks and Timber.

Panel #8

Women at War – Canada’s Nursing Sisters.

Panel #9

Animals in the First World War.

Panel #10

Letters from Soldiers.

Panel #11

Hand-drawn picture of the Vimy Memorial designed by Chloé Adamkiewicz and Matis Muschitz of Givenchy-en-Gohelle and appearing in Givenchy-en-Gohelle’s L’Histoire du Soldat John book.

Panel #12

Music Sheet of Allie Mombourquette’s Vimy Tune – “In Memory of Vimy Ridge / En Souvenir de la Crête de Vimy.”

Panel #13

“In Flanders Field” and “Act of Remembrance.”

Panel #14

Thank You To The People of France.

Panel #15

“We Rise Again” – Lyrics of “We Rise Again.”

Panel #16

“Lest We Forget”“Lest We Forget” text – Child’s sketch of a poppy with “Lest We Forget” from Ste. Anne’s Veterans Hospital.

Panel #17

Givenchy-en-Gohelle, then and now.