#OurStoriesOurVoices in the Classroom

Posted October 20, 2021

Introducing #OurStoriesOurVoices

Canada’s National History Society is proud to introduce #OurStoriesOurVoices, a new national youth program that gives students aged 9 to 18 the opportunity to explore a story that is important in their community’s past and to share the people, places, events, and things that illuminate our diverse past.

This program is designed for students who may already be familiar with Heritage Fairs/Young Citizens or are being introduced to historical inquiry for the first time. Students are encouraged to further share, connect, and explore their stories online using the hashtags #OurStoriesOurVoices / #NosHistoiresNosVoix.

This program has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.


Register now!

Bring #OurStoriesOurVoices into your classroom ahead of the national contest to bolster students’ abilities to establish historical significance and use primary source evidence.

Sign up below to receive a FREE digital pre-contest educators’ package. You’ll have access to promotional materials, classroom resources, and details about the #OurStoriesOurVoices contest. Teachers who register will also be mailed a free poster to display in their classroom (while supplies last).

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:
  • 3-Poster collection that prompts classroom discussion — What does “community” mean to me? How do I know if a person, place, thing, or event is historically significant to my community? How do I know if a piece of historical evidence is reliable?

  • Special Lesson I: Historical SignificanceDesigning a Commemorative Coin: Historical Significance in Canadian History

  • Special Lesson II: Primary Source EvidenceSeeking Sources: Creating a Primary Source Database

  • Student Guide — Tips for students to apply their knowledge of historical significance and primary source evidence as they choose a topic and plan their creative responses

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