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The theme of the 11th Canada’s History Forum was “Connecting Communities Through History.” Recipients of the 2018 Governor General’s History Awards shared the impact of their work on the communities that they serve. Presenters discussed how history can be used to build richer and deeper connections between all Canadians.

In this Issue

Polar Opposites

The polar bear today both fascinates and terrifies people.

Battle at the Ballpark

Graphic novel presents riot at a Toronto park ‘at 150 miles per hour, no seat belt.’

Eyes in the sky

How aerial photography helped secure victory for the Allies.

2018 The Governor General's History Awards

Maxine Hildebrandt and Lisl Gunderman

Maxine Hildrebrandt and Lisl Gunderman’s students participated in a cultural exchange where they explored topics from both the traditional Indigenous knowledge and Western science perspectives and incorporated research and writing, traditional storytelling, and land-based learning.

Jean-François Gosselin

As part of their Secondary III History of Quebec and Canada class, Jean-François Gosselin’s students were asked to design a 3D model of a scene from the Seven Years’ War, using the game Minecraft.

Eric Chassé

After having conducted research on a historical building typical of New France, Eric Chassé’s students were required to build a scale model of the selected structure.

The Governor General's History Awards

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

In the Newsletter

Highlighting LGBTQ2S+ History

LGBTQ2S+ history has only come to light relatively recently, but that doesn’t mean the history itself is new.

"Queer Doings"

In May 1838, a letter triggered the crumbling of George Markland’s world. What happened next offers a glimpse into attitudes toward homosexuality in nineteenth-century Canada.

A Portrait of Robert Ross

Oscar Wilde died in disgrace over a century ago with his literary lustre tarnished, but an earnest Canadian revived Wilde’s reputation and ensured that his plays would come to captivate the world. 

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Differing Perspectives on the Winnipeg General Strike

In this activity, students will analyze multiple accounts of the Winnipeg General Strike, noting important similarities and differences in the points of view they represent.

Canada at Work

Everyone has to work, whether they do chores around the house, work in a factory, run a farm, go to an office job, fish for a living, work in a mine — Canadians do all kinds of paid and unpaid work.

Exploring the Life of Thanadelthur

In this lesson, students will be introduced to Thanadelthur, an Indigenous woman known for her bravery, leadership, and forethought.

Listening and Learning

Incorporating Indigenous perspectives is a vital part of the historical designation process.