Cross-cultural understanding: Learning about countries and cultures

Follow the links on this page to find information about many countries and cultures and the lives of people around the globe. Some of the resources include activity suggestions.

To locate associations in the Lower Mainland that promote particular cultures (some of which offer classes and events), see page 190 of  the Burnaby School District SWIS Community Resource [PDF] .

Books with information and activities

Find books with information about many countries and cultures.

Online sources of information

BBC News: Country Profiles
A guide to the history, politics and economic background of countries and territories. Includes audio and video clips from BBC archives.

Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples
Profiles of First Nations peoples and of ethnic groups that have settled in Canada.

Global Trek
Articles for students on countries, their cultures, and their people.

The Kids' Site of Canadian Settlement
Introductions to the heritage and culture of some of the many communities of Canadian immigrants.

National Geographic Kids: People and Places
Brief facts, photos, and video clips for more than 40 countries.

New Internationalist Country Profiles
Concise profiles with a focus on issues of poverty and inequality.

Time for Kids
Introduces the culture, history, and essential phrases of many countries.

UNICEF Country Statistics
Economic and social statistics with a focus on the well-being of children.

United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Information for students on countries of the world (see Countries at a Glance) and current global issues.

The World Fact Book
Facts about the history, people, government, economy, and geography of many countries.