2015

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Shashi Shergill

Ms. Shergill’s project, entitled All My Relations, involved an inquiry into the historical and contemporary relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Students reflected on collective rights through an examination of treaty agreements and researched and analyzed significant events that have shaped both the past and present state of the relationship.

Teaching / 2015

Craig Brumwell

As part of a lesson called Shifting Commitments: Safety, Security and Sacrifice in a Changing World, Mr. Brumwell’s students use game technology to travel back to their high school during the Second World War. Learners are presented with primary source artifacts triggered through Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Quick Response (QR) codes on their mobile devices.

Teaching / 2015

Kim Sadowsky

In Ms. Sadowsky’s classroom, her Native Studies class begins with one simple question: “Who is a Treaty person?” From this question, the entire course unveils as students relive Canadian history as part of a semester-long simulation.

Teaching / 2015

Yoland Bouchard

A teacher at the Collège Notre-Dame de Sherbrooke, Mr. Yoland Bouchard has based his innovative pedagogy on a deep-seated desire to understand his students and to instill in them the essential historical knowledge and skills for understanding Canada's history. His musical approach – whereby the student discovers and analyzes songs in their respective historical contexts – allows adolescents to connect with their age-specific fields of interest.

Teaching / 2015

Kathryn Whitfield

Ms. Whitfield’s students took part in “Historical Thinking Missions,” where they conducted historical research and field work to learn about the history of Toronto’s St. John’s Ward. Students learned how to interpret and analyze historical photographs, fire insurance maps, tax assessment records, and census data.

Teaching / 2015

Jean Barman

Sir John A. Macdonald Prize awarded for her book French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest. In it, she explores the influence that French Canadians and their Indigenous partners had in the making of the Pacific Northwest during the 19th through the 21st centuries.

Scholarly Research / 2015

Lawrence Hill

Hill is best known for his masterpiece, The Book of Negroes, which has sold more than 700,000 copies, making it one of the most popular books in Canadian publishing history. The novel has been translated into French and adapted into a mini-series for television, giving its powerful message an even wider audience.

Popular Media / 2015

Jennifer Janzen

Ms. Janzen’s students completed significant primary source research at local and provincial archives in order to investigate the lives of various people throughout Manitoba’s history. After gathering and interpreting their research, students then collaborated with a local playwright, Debbie Patterson, to create a play called Shadows of Manitoba’s Past.

Teaching / 2015

Coyote Flats Pioneer Village

Guided by the mentorship of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge, Picture Butte High School media students filmed seniors sharing stories and memories at Coyote Flats, and then edited the footage to produce short videos.

Community Programming / 2015

Musqueam Indian Band, Museum of Anthropology (UBC), Museum of Vancouver, and University of Waterloo

This outstanding multidisciplinary three museum project re-imagines Canada’s public spaces. Partnered with the Musqueam peoples, the project’s Indigenous urban history re-examines museum collections, and makes visible Vancouver’s historic and contemporary Indigenous cultural landscape.

Museums / 2015