Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

Remembering the Children, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s publication for students, offers a way to begin some difficult conversations. It takes readers to a variety of Residential Schools across time and space, opening a door into a past that reverberates today, while also celebrating the resilience and resurgence of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples’ culture. Learn more about these free educational materials


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In the Latest Issue

A National Crime

One hundred years ago, Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce exposed the horrifying death toll among children in residential schools.

Rim Lock

The use of rim locks in the British Isles predates the mortise locks and bored cylindrical locks that are more commonly used today. Unlike the latter types, which involve holes cut into a door, rim locks are affixed to a door’s surface.

Secrets of the Ruins

An excavation of the Parliament of the Province of Canada reveals glimpses of political life in Victorian-era Montreal.

2021 The Governor General's History Awards

Denise LeBlanc

In collaboration with the Network School, the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the Monique Fitz-Back Foundation, Denise LeBlanc designed her project with the intention of raising the awareness of her Grade 5 and 6 students on the events surrounding the Holocaust and the concepts of antisemitism and racism.

Printed Textiles From Kinngait Studios

Conceived and presented as a project that foregrounds Inuit voices, expertise, and engagement, the Textile Museum of Canada’s partnership with the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative made possible a process of collaboration with the Kinngait community, resulting in mutually beneficial research, educational programs, and an exhibition tour.

Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa/Sumas Lake: Great-Gramma’s Lake

The Reach Gallery Museum initiated a collaborative, multidisciplinary partnership with a number of Stó:lō leaders and knowledge keepers in British Columbia to reclaim the memory of a lake that once stretched between present-day Abbotsford and Chilliwack, British Columbia.

The Governor General's History Awards

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

In the Newsletter

The Basques : Telling the Tale

Gabrielle Ayotte Garneau tells us the legend that has thrilled residents for decades, thus perpetuating the tale and underlining the important place occupied by the tradition storytelling in the region.

Wedding Dress

This two-piece wedding dress was worn by Helène Hogue in 1896 when she married Calixte Landry; very few artifacts have a woman’s name connected to the record or any detailed provenance.

Hope Floats

Exploring a Nova Scotia canal that turned out to be a route to ruin for its investors.

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Education

Sleeping Car Porters

In this lesson, students will analyze artifacts to learn about the experiences of Black sleeping car porters on the job. 

Slavery and its Gradual Abolition in Upper Canada

This lesson examines the viewpoints on the abolition of slavery in Upper Canada — immediate abolition, gradual abolition, or no abolition. 

Treemendous!

Forts. Tipis. Maple syrup. Birch bark canoes. Log cabins. Wagons. (And yes, magazines.) Trees are a big part of the story of Canada.

Lost Art and Found History: The Life of Max Stern

This lesson examines the life and art of Max Stern, touching upon the themes of the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany and the resettlement of Jewish immigrants in Canada following the Second World War.