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Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Now accepting applications for 2014!

Do you have a creative approach to teaching history? We want to hear from you!

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 award. 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. Recipients will depart on April 28, 2015 for a ten-day tour of First and Second World War battlefields in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Start your application today! Deadline for completed submissions is May 20, 2014.

If you would like to nominate a teacher for the award, simply complete the online nomination form.



"History in their Hands: Creating Young Historians Through Archaeology" developed out of a grade twelve native studies and archaeology credit which Cathy has taught since 1996.

The students’ assignment was to design a mock interview based on real events faced by an immigrant arriving in Canada at the turn of the twentieth century. The goal of the work was to better understand the experiences, challenges, and hopes of new arrivals to the country.

Matt Henderson's students began their early investigation into the Idle No More movement by looking at some of the contemporary pieces of legislation, like the Indian Act, in order to come to grips with what Indigenous people were up against. They began building a knowledge base of the Idle No More movement. Matt's blog was used as a forum to post videos, news articles, and interviews performed with First Nations leaders. From there, teachers and students from all over Canada began to add to the resources and comment on what they learned or thought of the movement itself.

The CDDHS/DCMA Battlefields Project may be one of the only formal partnerships between a school and municipal Museum & Archives in Canada. The students selected for this project work cooperatively with the Archivists at the DCMA and the teaching staff at Centre Dufferin DHS in Shelburne, Ontario, conducting research which is both digital/on-line, as well as primary and oral history.

Rachel's project is a complete integration of historical thinking into the Grade 10 Canadian History course, grounded by three anchor projects/units: the course overview unit, the Glebe World War II soldier memorial and the final summative interview in lieu of a written exam.

Romy and Graeme have revitalized the Heritage Fair at their school by designing it with a critical thinking question as the focus and teaching it as a history study rather than a social studies project, embedding historical thinking concepts into each step.

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented by Canada's History.

The Governor General's History Awards program and Canada's History Forum are generously supported by:

TD Financial Group
EF Educational ToursEnbridge Canadian War Museum | Musee Canadien de la guerre
Canadian Heritage

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