Canada and the Second World War

From farms to factories to fighting, the Second World War touched Canadians in many ways.

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The theme of the 12th Canada’s History Forum was “Small Stories, Big Ideas.” Recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s History Awards shared their experience of making the personal stories big and the big stories personal

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Home Front Hero   

A ninety-nine-year-old Inuk woman who contributed to Canada’s Second World War efforts in a unique and little-known way has been recognized by the government of Canada. 

Scrimshaw Container

Trading Post: The art of scrimshaw was applied to a container made from a horn.

Northern Visions

Canada’s History explores the striking Arctic paintings of artist Hilton Hassell. 

2019 The Governor General's History Awards

Perspectives on Biodiversity – Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web

Perspectives on Biodiversity – Sturgeon Harpoon Knowledge Web  explores the complex and sophisticated web of knowledge and relationships that surround any one species or belonging.

Robert Bell

Robert Bell’s students curated an exhibit at the Dundas Museum and Archives about a student from their school who had passed away as a result of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-19.

Heather Jefkins

Through a combination of online research, consultation with community artisans and hands-on experience, Heather Jefkins’ students explored the traditional fibre arts of quilting and weaving.

The Governor General's History Awards

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

In the Newsletter

Outlaws

Contrary to its clean, law-abiding image, the Canadian West had its fair share of colourful criminals.

Experiments in Peace

How a group of pacifists in sixties-era Ontario was forced to question its principles of non-violence.

Lawbreakers in the "Mild West"

More hustlers, rustlers and wild men.

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Education

Learning Basic Cree Conversation

This lesson will introduce students to the basic sounds of the Cree language (Y dialect). Students will compare and contrast the Cree letters of the alphabet to the letters of the English alphabet.

Determining Significance in Canada’s Bilingual Story

Using this activity, students will rank the importance of different moments in Canada’s story of bilingualism to explore how historical significance is established and how it varies.

Speaking Like a Canadian and Identity

In this lesson, students will use the historical thinking concepts to analyze the ways in which Canada’s identity developed through language, culture, and the growth of immigrant communities.

Picture This

We have so many great words that you won’t hear outside of Canada. Even better, many of those words are the same in French and English.