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Dominyka Taylor and Charles Bilodeau

Dominyka Taylor and Charles Bilodeau

2014 recipients of the Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge

Les Musées de la civilisation

Les Musées de la civilisation

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums.

Great Lakes Storm Remembrance Committee

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

Mark Zuehlke

Announcing the 2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award!

2014 Scholarly Research Award

James Daschuk, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

David Alexander and Ryan McManaman: Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

David Alexander & Ryan McManaman

Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Laurie Cassie & Sharon Moy: 2014 recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Laurie Cassie & Sharon Moy

2014 recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Connie Wyatt Anderson: 2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Connie Wyatt Anderson

2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Gérald Charron: 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Gérald Charron

2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Manon St-Hilaire: 2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Manon St-Hilaire

2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Michael Berry: 2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Michael Berry

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Governor General's History Awards The Governor General’s History Awards are Canada’s top honours in the field of history and heritage. They celebrate the very best in Canadian achievements to ensure our national past has a vibrant presence in our society today.

The 2014 awards were presented on Monday, November 3 at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Meet the 2014 award recipients!



Upcoming Award Deadlines

May 20, 2015

Recognizes excellence in the teaching of Canadian history, inspire teachers and schools to strive for excellence in Canadian history education and facilitates sharing of best practices and innovative teaching ideas within Canada’s teaching community. Six teachers will receive a medal and $2,500. The recipient’s school will also receive a $1,000 prize.

May 1, 2015

Help strengthen both literacy skills and Canadian historical knowledge by encouraging Canadian kids between the ages of 7–14 to create their own illustrated story or comic based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest.

May 31, 2015

Nominate outstanding individuals or organizations that have helped popularize Canadian history with the written word through such means as publications, film, radio, television, theatre, voluntarism or the web.

August 14, 2015

Aims to inspire small, volunteer-led community organizations in the creation of innovative programming that commemorates important aspects of our heritage. Projects can be an event, activity or other form of programming. Nominations welcome.

August 16, 2015

This award honours significant achievements in the historical field and encourages standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history. Nominations for a deserving museum or heritage institution are welcome.


December 31, 2015

Publishers wishing to submit works with a 2014 imprint or, if not previously submitted, a 2013 imprint, should forward an entry for all the history books they have published during the year in order to give all their authors a chance at the prize.

March 31, 2016

Are you an Aboriginal Canadian between the ages of 14-29? Showcase your talent and creativity, have your work reviewed by the foremost Aboriginal storytellers. You could win cash prizes and even have your work published in a national magazine!

Upcoming Award Events
May 01, 2015

On December 1, 2013 Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada's National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. Parks Canada has assumed full administrative control of the island and has recently compiled an ecological and biodiversity assessment as part of the foundation for producing the legally-required park management plan.

In support of this process, the Friends of Sable Island Society will hold a conference, open to experts and the general public, on the Science and History of Sable Island including the marine environment that surrounds and maintains the island. Co-sponsors of the conference include the Nova Scotian Institute of Science and Dalhousie University School for Resource and Environmental Studies. This is planned as the first of a potential series of conferences related to the appreciation and management of this unique feature of the Canadian landscape. Natural history, cultural history, and park management will be the main conference themes, and these may include: marine and terrestrial biology, geology, sand transport dynamics, atmospheric physics, hydrology, oceanography, cultural history, biodiversity conservation, conservation of cultural relics, visitor management, and any other area of knowledge that will benefit sound management of the island and its surroundings as mandated by law.

Being made entirely of sand, Sable Island is unusually dynamic and its existence depends on the continuous transport of sand from the surrounding bank onto the island's surface, where it is trapped by vegetation and then lost again in storms. This illustrates the unique challenge of managing Sable Island as a park because it is the only National Park surrounded by open sea, and the first one that would disappear as sea levels rise due to crustal changes combined with effects of climate change.

For conference information, see: www.sableislandfriends.ca.

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