Why is history relevant?

Tell us why history matters to you, your community, or the nation’s future and you could join Canada’s History Society in Ottawa for the 10th Canada’s History Forum and the 2017 Governor General’s History Awards.

August 2, 2017

We think that history is essential for understanding and addressing contemporary issues. Engaging with the past helps individuals, communities and even nations navigate both the present and the future.

That’s why Canada’s History Society has dedicated the 10th Canada’s History Forum to making history relevant. It’s especially important during this sesquicentennial year to think about the many diverse stories that make up Canada’s history. Making history as broad and inclusive as possible is critical to understanding the future.

To do this we want to hear from you! Tell us in 500 words, or via a short video (three-minutes or less), about why history matters to you, to your community, or to the nation’s future. We’re looking for experiences and interactions that demonstrate the value of history in the places we live and work. We’ll share our favourite answers both online, at CanadasHistory.ca/HistoireCanada.ca, and at the forum.

One participant will also be invited to present their response live at the 10th Canada’s History Forum in Ottawa this November.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Entry information

Submit a personal reflection (written or video) about why history is relevant, and provide your name and email address by Tuesday, September 19, 2017. By submitting your personal reflection, you grant Canada’s National History Society the right to reproduce, to publish, and to use your submission; in any or all print and digital formats, including, but not limited to, Canada’s History magazine, Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids, CanadasHistory.ca, HistoireCanada.ca.

Travel Details

Canada’s History Society will select a winner and pay for the individual’s travel to the Canada’s History Forum in Ottawa using Air Canada Tango fares, or Via Rail regular fares, from a major North American city. Travel to a major city, flight or rail upgrades, seat selection, etc. will be at your own expense. Travel via air or train is non-transferable. Upon completing your travel booking, any changes or cancellations shall be your responsibility unless otherwise requested by Canada’s History Society. Includes accommodations in Ottawa for three nights to attend the Canada’s History Forum, Governor General’s History Awards, and History Makers Gala.

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