Looking for Mrs. Armstrong

Who was that impassioned woman at the heart of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike? And why did her memory become lost to time? Filmmaker Paula Kelly set out to bring Helen Armstrong back from the margins of history and discovered in her journey a legacy of humanism that has been passed down through the generations.

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In case you missed it!

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.

#HistoryWeek2019

Standing Together

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike remains an unparalleled moment of solidarity among Canadian workers. 

Knights of Labour

A cadre of historians, artists and activists champion social justice via comic books. In 2013, they published a free comic on Canada’s early labour movement.

Canada’s Boy Miners

Like children in other late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Canadian communities, boys in colliery towns and villages worked.

Young Citizens: 8 stories about the history of work

From changing working conditions at factories to the role of labour activists in strikes, these 8 Young Citizens videos share stories about the history of work in Canada.

Union Town

Fiction Feature: There’s no place quite like Newfoundland’s Port Union.

Taking a Stand

Bring labour history into your classroom with these lesson plans and activities.

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

The Many Wars of Doug Sam

A son reflects on his father, this country’s most decorated Chinese Canadian.

Remembering Mona Parsons

Mona Parsons was member of the Dutch resistance, and one of only a few Canadian civilians to be interned in Nazi prison camps. Andria Hill recounts Mona Parson’s remarkable story.

One For The Boys

How a Canadian Vietnam veteran sacrificed all in order to win greater respect for his brothers in arms.

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Education

The Canadian Patriotic Fund, 1914–1919

In this lesson students explore the role of the Canadian Patriotic Fund during the First World War.

The Lest We Forget Project

In this presentation, Blake Seward shares how his Lest We Forget project engages students in the history of the First World War.

Canada at Work 2019

Workers' Rights: Where do you Stand?

In this activity, students will learn about Madeleine Parent and the history of workers’ rights in Canada.