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The Right to Read

Book Review: It may not be immediately evident from the title, but this book feels current. The social-justice issues raised a century ago by visionary reformer Alfred Fitzpatrick have evolved, yet they’re still alive today. The fundraising challenges, personality conflicts, and power struggles of the past would be familiar to contemporary social activists.

The Castleton Massacre

Book Review: On May 2, 1963, Robert Killins, a former United Church minister, slaughtered four female members of his family. The meticulously planned massacre happened in the small community of Castleton, Ontario, and made headlines across the continent.

The Great Absquatulator

Book Review: An absquatulator, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a person who departs from a scene hurriedly and furtively, often to avoid arrest. Such a man was Alfred Thomas Wood, a nineteenth-century charlatan who bluffed his way across three continents, usually (but not always) one step ahead of both the law and his hoodwinked marks.

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Sur les traces de Dubuc

Sur les traces de Dubuc (In the Footsteps of Dubuc) is a five-episode narrative podcast set in the early twentieth century that tells the fascinating story of a man who built a life and career as a banker, industrialist, politician, financier, and business magnate.

Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience

The McCord Stewart Museum’s new permanent exhibition, Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience, invites the public to connect with eleven Indigenous nations in Quebec.

Live Our Heritage / Vivre notre héritage

Live Our Heritage/Vivre notre héritage was a two-year project to collect, preserve, and share the history of Métis-sur-Mer, a small town in Quebec’s Lower St. Lawrence region.

The Governor General's History Awards

Celebrating the very best in Canadian achievements in the field of history and heritage.

In the Latest Issue

The Search for the Northwest Passage

Best-selling historical author Ken McGoogan discusses the bold and gruesome search for the Northwest Passage with Kate Jaimet, senior editor of Canada's History magazine.

Exploring Hard Histories

Online event shares strategies for tackling difficult histories.

Chunks of Raw Copper

Chunks of raw copper from the western Arctic were given to HBC Chief Factor James Thomson.

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Teaching about Disability in Your Classroom

These activities and resources guide teachers on incorporating disability studies in their classrooms.

Reflecting on Historical Inquiry

This lesson will help students reflect on what they have learned throughout their inquiry project.

Preparing for Difficult Conversations

In this lesson, students will assess their knowledge of the Residential School system and the ongoing investigations related to students who died while attending Residential Schools.

Considering the Role of Media on Public Awareness of Residential Schools

This lesson encourages students to reflect on the role of the media and the impact of the “news cycle” on public awareness of current affairs.