2020 Governor General's History Award Recipients

Canadians recognized for their dedication and desire to keep history alive.

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2020 Recipients

Steven High

Steven High is a leading oral and public historian whose research empowers individuals and broadens understanding of Canada’s multi-faceted history. As a co-founder of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University, Dr. High works collaboratively with the communities that he studies and is a pioneer in digitizing the life stories that he collects.

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.

Eric Reiter

In Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870-1950, Eric Reiter traces the intimate experience of having our feelings hurt – given a more adult shape in forms such as shame, disgrace, bodily intrusion, betrayal, grief, anger and fear – through Quebec’s court system from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

Kristian Basaraba

Kristian Basaraba combined skateboard art with a history lesson on Indigenous culture and colonialism in an effort to raise awareness about reconciliation.

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.

Nathan Tidridge

Established by high school teacher Nathan Tidridge, his students, and other community members in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Souharissen Natural Area has become a foundation for land-based pedagogy that has engaged various cohorts of students and members of the wider community.

Chris Young

Through primary and secondary source research, museum and historical site visits, and seminar discussions, Chris Young’s grade 10 students explored their community’s history through a project called “Kelvin Remembers the Winnipeg General Strike.”

Francis Lalande

Francis Lalande’s Histoire à vélo project is a dynamic, environmentally friendly, and transdisciplinary initiative that uses the bicycle as a means of teaching history.

Dominique Laperle

Dominique Laperle’s project titled Dollard et Groulx seeks to inform a discussion on the manipulation of historical fact for political ends.

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.

Centennial of Broadcasting in Canada

Montreal’s Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner, with the support of the Quebec Society for Vintage Radio Collectors, called on several key stakeholders in the Montreal region to assist them with a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the advent of civil radio broadcasting in Canada.

Join us (virtually) at the Forum!

The first day of the Canada’s History Forum invites some of Canada’s leading scholars for an online conversation to shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing our society during exceptional times. On day two of the Forum, we welcome the recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards to share their award-winning work, and to reflect on learning and teaching through this historic moment in time.


Join us online on November 26, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Eastern Time, and on November 27, 2020, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time.