Canada's Community History

This podcast series highlights the honourable mentions of the 2020 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming.

Podcast / Arts, Culture & Society

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In the Latest Issue

Creature Comforters

We salute some famous — and some not-so-famous — animals from Canada’s past.

Retropets

Canada’s History’s readers share their stories of pets from the past.

Roots: Seeing Stars

What’s the fascination with celebrity genealogy, anyway?

Shot Mould

Lead shots for firearms were cast in this double-sided mould.

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.

In the Newsletter

Inaugural Somali Heritage Week in Ontario and Manitoba

In late 2020, Ontario and Manitoba were the first jurisdictions in North America to pass bills to officially recognize June 25 to July 1 as Somali Heritage Week. 

Recognizing LGBTQ2S+ Histories

Spark Your Pride and the Western Development Museum bring communities together to share life stories and to evoke pride.

Forever Changed

A ‘bomb girl’ and a battlefield hero are among the people honoured in a Canadian War Museum exhibition.

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Education

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. 

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.