2017 Canada's History Forum

Making History Relevant 

This event is hosted in collaboration with the National Council on Public History

August 10, 2017

History is essential for understanding the complex issues that face us today. As individuals, communities, and nations, we engage with the past to help navigate both the present and the future. History trains us to be thinkers, innovators, leaders, and engaged citizens.

The need for authentic history has never been more important, but unfortunately, the experiences of the past are often misused, ignored, or forgotten by society. Making the case for history is not always easy.

In light of this trend, a group of concerned history professionals came together in 2013 to form the History Relevance Campaign. The group articulated the value of history and identified seven ways that the knowledge and practice of history is vital to individuals, communities, and the nation.

Inspired by their work, the 10th Canada’s History Forum welcomes speakers from North America to share why history is important in contemporary life, and to discuss how the core values of history — such as identity, empathy, leadership, and legacy —can be adapted and incorporated into our everyday work.

Presentations focus on what we can do as individuals and as communities to ensure that history has a vital role in the places we live and work. See the event programme.  

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Tim Grove discusses History Relevance and The Value of History Statement.

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Jean-Pierre Morin discusses the absence of history in the federal government and asks “What would we need to do to ensure that history can meet the needs of those making decisions?” Please note that this presentation is in both French and English. 

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Andrea Eidinger discusses the question, “What is the purpose of history?” from the perspective of an academic historian, a professor, and a public historian.

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Jan Grabowski discusses his work that focuses on participation of non-Germans in the German genocidal project, more specifically, he is studying the extent of which European populations in eastern Europe took part in the extermination of the Jewish people. Please note that this presentation is in French. 

In this discussion, Andrea Eidinger, Jan Grabowski, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Jean-Pierre Morin, and Tim Grove follow up on their presentations to discuss what they think we should do as teachers, historians and every day people to underline the importance of history, but also to watch out for the abuses of control of this historical narrative. 

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Arielle Meyer discusses why history is important to her. She describes her experiences with the Crestwood Preparatory College Oral History Project. 

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Dominique Trudeau outlines the strategies for history education in the museum setting using McCord Museum as an example. Please note that this presentation is in French. 

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Lindsay Gibson discusses reflects on how history education has changed in Canada.

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Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Calvin Racette discuss Treaty4Project. The principal aim of the Treaty4Project is for students to understand their generation’s relationship with Treaty 4 in Saskatchewan, both today and in the future. Please not that this presentation is in both French and English. 

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Tracy Calogheros and Alyssa Tobin discuss Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning, which is a collaboration between the Exploration Place Museum and the Lheidli T’enneh Nation.

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Life Speaker Noel Starblanket and Calvin Racette discuss the importance of the reconciliation process.

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