Award Recipients

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Jean Barman

Sir John A. Macdonald Prize awarded for her book French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest. In it, she explores the influence that French Canadians and their Indigenous partners had in the making of the Pacific Northwest during the 19th through the 21st centuries.

Scholarly Research / 2015

Coyote Flats Pioneer Village

Guided by the mentorship of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge, Picture Butte High School media students filmed seniors sharing stories and memories at Coyote Flats, and then edited the footage to produce short videos.

Community Programming / 2015

Musée de la Gaspésie

The Musée de la Gaspésie worked with families on the Gaspé peninsula to assemble and exhibit their greatest historical treasures in the region's fifteen libraries. Several local and national media outlets have praised the project and, and as a result, this initiative has reached an audience of over 30,000 people.

Community Programming / 2015

Kathryn Whitfield

Ms. Whitfield’s students took part in “Historical Thinking Missions,” where they conducted historical research and field work to learn about the history of Toronto’s St. John’s Ward. Students learned how to interpret and analyze historical photographs, fire insurance maps, tax assessment records, and census data.

Teaching / 2015

Musqueam Indian Band, Museum of Anthropology (UBC), Museum of Vancouver, and University of Waterloo

This outstanding multidisciplinary three museum project re-imagines Canada’s public spaces. Partnered with the Musqueam peoples, the project’s Indigenous urban history re-examines museum collections, and makes visible Vancouver’s historic and contemporary Indigenous cultural landscape.

Museums / 2015

Lawrence Hill

Hill is best known for his masterpiece, The Book of Negroes, which has sold more than 700,000 copies, making it one of the most popular books in Canadian publishing history. The novel has been translated into French and adapted into a mini-series for television, giving its powerful message an even wider audience.

Popular Media / 2015

James Daschuk

In this sweeping and disturbing account, James Daschuk chronicles the role that epidemic disease, global trade, the changing environment and government policy had on the lives of Aboriginals living on the Canadian Plains from the early eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth.

Scholarly Research / 2014

Musées de la civilisation

The 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is presented to the Musées de la civilisation for the exhibition C’est notre histoire. Premières Nations et Inuit du XXIe siècle.

Museums / 2014

Mark Zuehlke

Mark Zuehlke, one of Canada’s prolific historical writers, is also one of the country’s pre-eminent military historians, and has written more than fifteen books on our military legacy.

Popular Media / 2014

Laurie Cassie and Sharon Moy

Laurie Cassie and Sharon Moy created an interdisciplinary unit for their students, combining science, literature, and history, which culminated in a train ride to Jasper, Alberta and a public display of their research projects.

Teaching / 2014