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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 2013 awards were presented on Tuesday, November 19 at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

A special insert for the Governor General's History Awards appeared in The Globe and Mail on December 16, 2013. You can read it here: Open insert

Meet the 2013 recipients!

For media requests, please contact Nicole Harris at 204-470-4555.

Learn more about the 2013 award winners for Community Programming, Museums, Popular Media, Scholarly Research, Students, and Teaching.


Upcoming Award Deadlines

May 20, 2014

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 31, 2014

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.

June 14, 2014

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.

August 14, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2015

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
Nov 02, 2014

Forum Programme

(Programme subject to changes)

10:00 am — Opening Remarks

Janet Walker, President and CEO, Canada’s History
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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 www.zuehlke.ca 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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