The 2015 Recipients
Canada's History is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching!
The award is in its 19th year and recognizes the outstanding contributions of Canada’s history and social studies teachers, ranging from elementary grades through to secondary schools. This year's recipients will travel to Ottawa to receive their award at Rideau Hall on October 16, 2015.
Click on the names below to learn more about their work and to listen to audio interviews with this year's recipients.
Nominations and Applications
We are accepting nominations of teachers for the 2016 awards. Teachers can also begin the application process now.
Do you have a creative approach to teaching history? We want to hear from you!
Six recipients will receive:
an individual cash prize of $2500
$1000 for their school
a medal awarded by His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston
a trip for two to Ottawa to attend the award ceremony at Rideau Hall, and the Canada's History Forum and celebration dinner at the Canadian War Museum
a trip to Europe on an EF Tours Canada's History Travel Tour in 2016.
Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Start your application today! Deadline for completed submissions is April 1, 2016.
If you would like to nominate a teacher for the award, simply complete the online nomination form.
As a teacher in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba, Connie has designed a unit on the First World War that incorporates First Nations' perspectives and focuses on the experiences of Aboriginal people.
As part of their school's War and Memory Legacy Project, students conduct original research relating to alumni who served in Second World War.
Gerald Charron's students participated in a project to recognize the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland. After completing a novel student about the event, students broke out into groups to investigate four themes relating to the ship's sinking: territory / land, population, economy, and the St. Lawrence River.
Laurie Cassie and Sharon Moy created an interdisciplinary unit for their students, combining science, literature, and history, which culminated in a train ride to Jasper, Alberta and a public display of their research projects.
Manon St-Hilaire’s Grade 6 class created four audio books to add to the audio corner of the school library. These books were written from a historical perspective and designed for each of the four learning modules for students in grades 1 through 4: Canadian art and artists, transportation, Heritage Fairs and Aboriginal culture and history.
To learn about the history of Canada's economic policies, Michael Berry's students travel in a time machine and "meet" seven different Prime Ministers.