Welcome to the 2016 Canada’s History Forum!
The histories of Indigenous peoples are foundational to the story of North America. As partners in commerce, Indigenous people were key to the exploration and development of the land that would become known as Canada.
Yet, whether in our education systems or in our history books, the story of First Peoples in Canada has not always been told accurately, completely, or from the perspective of Indigenous people. Eclipsed by European and settler histories early on, many authentic Indigenous stories remain to be told.
These stories are critical to understanding the evolution of the relationship between the continent’s original people and those who immigrated to Canada to make it their new home.
The upcoming sesquicentennial of Confederation, combined with more recent awareness and acknowledgement of Canada’s residential school system, the Sixties Scoop, and responsibilities inherent to original numbered and modern treaty agreements make 2016 an ideal time in which to engage with these histories.
We are grateful to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for the thoughtful guidance and keen attention to the many aspects of planning this, the ninth Canada’s History Forum. I wish to express, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Canada’s National History Society, sincere thanks to the RBC Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Winnipeg Foundation, and the many other supporters of this year’s forum for their commitment to this event.
To all of you, as participants, we appreciate your engagement with authentic Indigenous histories.
President and CEO
Jonathan Lainey is a proud member of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake and Curator, First Peoples, at the Canadian Museum of History. His research interests focus on the social, political and cultural history of Aboriginal peoples of Quebec and Canada, as well as on material culture and its interpretation.
Maureen Lux is Professor of History at Brock University. Her latest book, Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s to 1980s was published by University of Toronto Press in 2016. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Erika Dyck (University of Saskatchewan) on a study of reproductive politics in 1970s Canada.
Sarah Nickel is a Tk’emlupsemc (Kamloops Secwepemc) Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of research include comparative Indigenous histories, Indigenous women’s politics, Indigenous feminisms, community-engaged research, ethnohistory, and direct action/resistance.
Lisa Howell lives on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa. She is a passionate teacher, traveller, environmentalist, activist, sole parent, artist, and student. Her thesis is entitled “Reconciliation in Action” and examines the experiences of teachers and students involved in Aboriginal social justice projects in their classrooms and communities.
Baudouin Lalo was born in his Innu village of Unamen Shipu in the La Romaine region of Quebec. He attended the Pointe-Bleue residential school in Roberval in the Lac St-Jean region, and later enrolled in a three-year program at the Université de Chicoutimi, where he completed his Bachelor’s of Arts.
Gail Stromquist is of Nlaka’pamux ancestry. She has been an elementary school teacher in Langley, BC, for more than twenty years and has specialized in early learning and elementary level curriculum with a focus on Aboriginal perspectives. She is currently the coordinator for Aboriginal education with the BC Teachers’ Federation, and led the development of the Project of Heart book and e-book.
Cathleen Anne Tenning is a member of the Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. In 1993, Anne became the first member of her family to graduate from high school. In 2008, Anne was a recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.