Award Recipients

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Rita Gravina and Catherine Pfaff

The students of teacher Rita Gravina and Catherine Pfaff delve into the many unsung stories of women who served their country during the First World War by creating video narratives on the war experiences of former Bishop Strachan School students. 

Teaching / 2016

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

Musée de la Gaspésie

The Musée de la Gaspésie worked with families on the Gaspé peninsula to assemble and exhibit their greatest historical treasures in the region's fifteen libraries. Several local and national media outlets have praised the project and, and as a result, this initiative has reached an audience of over 30,000 people.

Community Programming / 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

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