2012 Canada's History Forum Programme
A recording of the forum will be posted on Monday, December 10. You can begin to follow the conversation on Twitter at #chforum2012.
(Programme subject to changes)
9:30 am — Opening Remarks
Debororah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada’s History Society
Richard Campbell, General Manager, Eastern Region, Enbridge, Inc.
Jean-Marc Blais, Vice-President, Research and Exhibitions, Canadian Museum of Civilization
10:00 – 11:30 am — Canada on the Precipice of War
Key Note Speaker — Dean Oliver: Director of Research, Exhibition and Interpretation, Canadian War Museum.
Mr. Oliver will set the stage by discussing what Canada was like when the war broke out. What were the social and economic conditions at the time? What was the level of preparedness Canada had for the war? He’ll also address the impact of the war for those 8 million Canadians, contrasting the French and English experiences. How should commemorative efforts address the darker aspects of the war: internments, intolerance towards dissenters, and conscription?
Kristine Alexander, historian, University of Western Ontario/University of Saskatchewan. Her research into the exchange of letters between children and their fathers during the war will provide insight into family life at home during the war.
Timothy C. Winegard, historian at Colorado Mesa University and author of For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War will discuss the participation of First Nations in Canada's war effort.
11:30 – 12:15 pm — Videos from Canada's Young Citizens
Canada’s History and Great-West Life are proud to present the top six winners and their video submissions.
12:15 – 1:15 pm — Lunch Break
Meet the organizations that are already planning ahead to the First World War Centennial: Canada’s History, The Department of National Defence, Historica-Dominion Institute, Vimy Foundation, Canadian Legion Canadian War Museum, CANADIGM, and The Archives of Ontario.
1:15 – 2:45 pm — The Great War at the Front
Key Note Speaker — Andrew Iarocci:
Andrew Iarocci teaches history at Western University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-1915 and co-author of Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment. Iarocci was a research fellow at the Canadian War Museum from 2007-10. His current book project, Chariots of Mars, explores transportation and mechanization during the First World War.
Professor Iarocci will explore some of the mythology that surrounds the Canadian Expeditionary Force: the coming of age narrative, the concept of Vimy as a turning point for Canada, and for the war more generally, the role of Sir Arthur Currie, and the significance of these elements in popular memory.
Blake Seward, 2006 Recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching, founder of The Lest We Forget Project, and co-director of the Battlefields of Europe professional development tours for teachers.
Melanie Martin, Department of Tourism, Culture, and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland, will discuss the curriculum program and memorial projects under development in Newfoundland to commemorate their role in the Great War.
Michel l’Italien, CF Museums and Historical Collections, Department of National Defense, author of Dans la Tourmente : Deux Hopitaux Militaires Canadiens-Français dans la France en Guerre (1915-1919), who will discuss the challenges of presenting the voice of French-Canadian soldiers.
2:45 pm — Break
3:00 – 4:30 pm — The Legacy of the Great War
Key Note Speaker — Jonathan Vance: Professor, University of Western Ontario and author Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War.
Professor Vance will talk about the challenges of war commemoration, how Canadians remembered and marked the war, and how and why our national memory has evolved over the past 100 years. The focus will be to cite examples of what Canadians have done well, what they haven’t, how our understanding of this history has changed over the century, and suggesting best practices for Canadian planning and preparation of centennial commemorations in our communities.
Peter Bjornson, former Minister of Education in Manitoba, and 2003 Recipient of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching, will talk about his award-winning, community-wide trench warfare simulation activity he developed for his high school students.
Barry Gough, Canadian Naval historian, will discuss the Victoria High School Great War project. Canada’s oldest high school west of Winnipeg has over 500 names in its Great War Roll of Honour. The school has undertaken a series of commemorative projects, including the Trees of Remembrance and forthcoming book and website.
Georgiana Stanciu is executive director of Canada’s oldest regiment, the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, ON. She will speak about current practices in the museum field, related to educational activities targeted towards school children of all ages. Some of the programs developed by museums across the country provide suggestions of best practices and innovative initiatives that would be transferable to other motivated community organizers.
4:30 – 5:00 pm — Closing remarks
Tim Cook, Great War Historian at Canadian War Museum, author Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917-1918 and Board Member, Canada’s History Society
Tim Cook is the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum, an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a director for Canada’s History Society. Tim has published five books, including the two-volume history of Canadians fighting in the Great War, At the Sharp End, which won the 2007 J.W. Dafoe Prize and 2008 Ottawa Book Award, and Shock Troops, which won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie, was a finalist for several writing awards, including the Shaunessy-Cohen prize for political writing, the J.W Dafoe Prize, and the Ottawa Book Award. His most recent book is Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King and Canada’s World Wars.
Dr. Cook will comment on the day’s discussions and explore the future of The Great War. Touching on international and national examples, he’ll discuss how the memory of the war might change now that we’ve entered an era where it is no longer part of Canadians’ living memory. Will the Great War fade from memory or will it remain a vibrant part of the Canadian historical and cultural landscape?