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Nov 02, 2014 10:00 AM
Ottawa, ON

Forum Programme

(Programme subject to changes)

10:00 am — Opening Remarks

Janet Walker, President and CEO, Canada’s History
Canadian War Museum

10:15 am — Young Citizens

Presentation of the 2014 Young Citizens Video Project Winners.

11:00 am— Keynote session - Mark Zuehlke

Recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media – The Pierre Berton Award

Mark Zuehlke is the author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series—the most extensive published account of the battle experience of Canada’s Army in World War II. These best-selling books continue to confirm Zuehlke’s reputation as one of Canada’s leading popular military historian. In 2006, Holding Juno: Canada’s Heroic Defence of the D–Day Beaches, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He has written six other historical works, including For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace, which won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He is currently working on his next Canadian Battle book and also a reflective meditation on the role of remembrance in our culture focused on his participation in the commemorative Operation Husky 2013 march that followed the footsteps of 1st Canadian Infantry Division through Sicily. Zuehlke can be found on the web at and Mark Zuehlke’s Canadian Battle Series Facebook site.

Noon — Lunch

1:00 am — Storytelling for the Public

Michel Côté has worked for decades in the culture and museology fields as a manager and consultant. In 2010, he took on the role of leading the Musées de la Civilisation complex, which includes the Musée de la Civilisation, the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone, the Chevalier Historic House, the Musée de la place Royale and the Centre national de conservation et d’étude des collections. He relies upon the strengths which made famous each of these institutions, while leaving large room for new ideas and innovation.

David O’Keefe is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montreal and worked as a Signals Intelligence research historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage (DND). He has also created and collaborated on over 15 documentaries for History Television and appeared on CBC Radio, Global Television, and the UKTV Network in Great Britain.
Danielle Metcalf-Chenail is a freelance writer, project and event manager, and personal historian. She is the Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton and very active in professional organizations such as the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Creative Nonfiction Collective.

2:15 pm — Break

2:30 pm — Storytelling in Education

David A Robertson is a graphic novelist and writer who has long been an advocate for educating youth on indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has created several graphic novels, including his newest series, Tales From Big Spirit, as well as the bestselling 7 Generations series. He is currently the co-creator and writer for the upcoming television series The Reckoner. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, will be published in fall 2014. David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and four children, where he works in the field of indigenous education.
Neil Orford has a deep passion for engaging students in the joy of learning history - his strength comes from watching students revel in the wonderment of 'hands-on' history. He has an abiding commitment to the rigors of teaching the discipline of History, however those skills must be married with the experiential - much of which comes outside of the classroom, meeting experts in the field, but also, those who have lived Canada's story. All of this is driven by the exceptional stories from Canada’s past.
Mike Ford is a Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian solo artist, has released 4 acclaimed albums of Canadian history -inspired songs, been described as being “rabble-rousing and Pythonesque” and “essential listening” by the Globe & Mail. He has toured as a swing member of The Arrogant Worms, sung at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa for The Vigil Project, and created an ever-growing repertoire for his Canada Needs You School tours. Mike’s latest albums feature song-cycles about the War of 1812, and en français, the life of Étienne Brûlé. He has worked in or visited every region of this incredible country and is dedicated to sharing his enthusiasm for Canada’s land and history with people of all ages.

3:45 pm — Mark Reid, Editor, Canada's History Magazine

Mark Reid is the editor of Canada’s History magazine. An award-winning journalist, he has worked as an editor, reporter, and photographer for Canwest News Service, the Calgary Herald, the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, and the Saint John Times Globe. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. He is the editor of Canada’s Great War Album, a new personal look at the First World War.

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Event Host: Canada's History

Nov 02, 2014 12:20 PM
Vancouver, BC

Monuments commemorating the lives of Vancouverites killed in WW1 occupy a prominent place in our urban cultural landscape rooting us to our history and reminding us of this monumental event. Climb aboard for an exclusive guided tour of some of Vancouver’s WW1 Commemorative Places.

Isaac Vanderhorst, historian and Heritage Vancouver Board member will fascinate you with stories of WW1 memorials such as the Japanese War Memorial in Stanley Park, the historic lights on the Burrard Street Bridge, the Angel of Mercy, the Cenotaph, South Memorial Park to name but a few.

The bus will stop for a short tour at two selected sites. One of these, the Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace, contains the only “Books of Remembrance” other than in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.We will also explore the Beatrice Lennie reliefs that frame the entrance to the former Shaughnessy hospital before the bus leaves.

Sunday, November 2, 2014; 1 pm to 5 pm (loading begins at 12:30 and bus departs at 1 sharp)

Meet at Women’s Hospital (4500 Heather Street), Vancouver Admission: $35.00; Heritage Vancouver Members $30.00

Tour guide: Isaac Vanderhorst

To purchase tickets see Eventbrite or

Event Host: Heritage Vancouver

Nov 05, 2014
Toronto , ON

November 5 – December 7, 2014

REMEMBERING THE REAL WINNIE celebrates the story of Canadian soldier and veterinarian Harry Colebourn (1887-1947), who at the onset of World War purchased a pet bear he named Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg. When his regiment shipped out, Harry took Winnie with him, depositing the bear in the London Zoo when he was called to the front. It is then that A.A. Milne and his son encountered the bear and the world famous Winnie the Pooh books were born.

In this jewel-like exhibition, the Colebourn Family Archive (photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and a full veterinary kit from the period) is made public for the first time. Students, recent alumni and faculty from across Ryerson University have teamed up for this multi-disciplinary project, bringing to life an engaging moment in Canadian history. This exhibition is presented by Ryerson University and generously supported by Scotiabank.

Event Host: Ryerson Image Centre

Nov 21, 2014
Charlottetown, PEI

The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) in collaboration with the University of Prince Edward Island and PEI Social Studies Teachers’ Association will be holding a national conference on the teaching and communicating the history of Canada entitled (Re)making Confederation: (Re)Imagining Canada.

The event will be held November 21-22 2014 at the Delta Prince Edward & PEI Convention Center, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. To register on line visit

Additional conference information to be updated and posted at on a regular basis. For information regarding conference sponsorship, advertising or being an exhibitor at the conference, as well as for any additional questions, please contact James Ondrick at the Association for Canadian Studies: e-mail:, Tel 514-925-3097

Event Host: Association for Canadian Studies

Dec 06, 2014
Queenston, ON

Learn more about Laura Secord’s life as you explore her historic home. From her American roots to how she became associated with chocolate, let this holiday decorated home tell her story.

Admission: $9.50 adults; $6.25 children 6-12. Crafts, snacks and warm beverages included.

Event Host: Laura Secord Homestead

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