A Missed Opportunity: Teaching the Canadian Rebellion (1837-38)

In this article, Maxime Dagenais explores the subject of the Canadian Rebellion and how it is taught in middle and high schools in Canada.

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A new exhibition explores the changes and challenges that have resulted from the development of radio communications and radar infrastructure in Canada.

Brushes with Climate Change

Rockies Repeat project explores the intersection between conservation, art, history, and culture.

Roots: Of Family Trees and Root Causes

What compels people to explore genealogy? Some say they’re driven by ego — but the real reasons are far more complicated.

Raising Spirits

Project seeks to share cultural traditions surrounding the Ojibwe Horse.

2020 The Governor General's History Awards

Gwich’in Goonanh’kak Googwandak: The Places and Stories of the Gwich’in

For nearly 23 years of research (1992-2015), the Gwich’in Tribal Council Department of Cultural Heritage (formerly Gwich’in Social & Cultural Institute) has worked with more than seventy-four Gwich'in Elders and traditional land users to document place names and create an inventory of heritage sites in the Gwich'in Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Dawn Martens

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and to learn about the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust, Dawn Martens guided her grades 4 to 6 students on an interdisciplinary project to study and present Hans Krása’s opera, Brundibár.

The Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project

Created through a partnership between the Western Development Museum, Spirit Wrestler Productions, and the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project documented through five multimedia outputs the history, culture, and religious beliefs of Saskatchewan’s Independent Doukhobors.

The Governor General's History Awards

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

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Cold War Tech and Its Discontents

The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line was a radar defense network in Canada’s Arctic. A Cold War engineering marvel, with terrible effects on the land and Inuit communities.

Gouzenko Deciphered Part 2

Dr. Calder Walton provides us a peek behind the Iron Curtain.

Shooting Arrows

How Avro’s film department captured — and rescued — a priceless aviation archive.

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Sleeping Car Porters

In this lesson, students will use role play 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. 


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.