2018 Governor General's History Awards Recipients

The individuals and organizations being recognized deepen our understanding of the past by highlighting lesser-known stories, representing the diversity of our experiences, and encouraging meaningful public dialogue around history. 

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2018 Recipients

Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots Oral History Project

Between 1905 and 1912, as many as 1,500 African Americans moved from the United States to Western Canada in hopes of finding a better life. The Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots interviewed nineteen descendants of these early settlers about their experiences of relocating and living in the Canadian prairies.

Elsbeth Heaman

Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 makes an original and compelling contribution to our knowledge of how the Canadian fiscal regime was created, reformed, and received by the State, one both framing and framed by the complex interplay of diverse sets of interests, ideas, and principles.

Bill Waiser

Bill Waiser has devoted his career to building a better understanding and appreciation for our history. He has done that through the classroom, including more than three decades as a university professor, as well as in newspapers and magazines, in books, on radio and television, and in hundreds of public presentations.

Lisa Howell

After conducting research, listening to stories from Elders, and speaking with experts, Lisa Howell’s Grade 5 and 6 students used their knowledge to write and film a Public Service Announcement about Jordan’s Principle.

Paul Paterson

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, Paul Paterson’s students formed a classroom think tank to create a vision for Canada in the year 2070.

Temma Frecker

Temma Frecker’s middle school students delved into the timely debate around commemorating controversial historical figures by examining the case study of the statue of Sir Edward Cornwallis.

Lisl Gunderman and Maxine Hildebrandt

Lisl Gunderman and Maxine Hildrebrandt’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.

Young boy taking a selfie with historical figures behind him.
In case you missed it!

The theme of the 10th Canada’s History Forum was “Making History Relevant.” Speakers explored what we can do as individuals and as communities to ensure that history has a vital role in the places we live and work. Presenters include some of the 2017 Governor General History Awards recipients.