Teaching Canada's History: 2020 Excellence in Teaching Finalists

In this podcast series, Canada’s History spoke with the finalists for the 2020 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Reassurance and Resilience

Canada’s teachers are helping students to cope with the upheaval caused by COVID-19.

2020 Finalists for the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Sixteen teachers from across Canada are being recognized for their exceptional work in teaching Canadian history.

Questioning the Past

How to better understand commemoration controversies.

Every Child Matters

This free magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12. Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Available in English and French.

Lesson Plans

‘Bomb Girls’: Defense Industries Limited and the Home Front

In this lesson, students will be asked to collect data about the role, impact and experiences of the women known as the ‘Bomb Girls’.

Speaking Like a Canadian and Identity

In this lesson, students will use the historical thinking concepts to analyze the ways in which Canada’s identity developed through language, culture, and the growth of immigrant communities.

Learning Basic Cree Conversation

This lesson will introduce students to the basic sounds of the Cree language (Y dialect). Students will compare and contrast the Cree letters of the alphabet to the letters of the English alphabet.

Relevance of Treaties Today

In this lesson students explore the enduring relevance and continued significance of the Treaty relationship in Canada and consider the Treaty relationship as a path toward reconciliation.

Know a teacher who made a difference?

Nominations for the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching are accepted all year round.


Curating Difficult History

In this webinar, Andréa Shaulis shares how the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s collection of objects and testimonies are carefully curated to highlight the compelling stories it preserves.

InQueeries: 2SLGBTQ+ Histories of Southwestern Alberta

In this webinar, Aimee Benoit and Liam Devitt share the unique youth curator model and the oral history process used to create an exhibition about queer histories in southwestern Alberta.

Hudson's Bay Company Museum Collection

In this webinar, Amelia Fay discusses the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection at the Manitoba Museum.

Teaching Black History in Canada

Sleeping Car Porters

In this lesson, students will use role play to learn about the experiences of Black sleeping car porters on the job. 

Where Black Canadians have come from

In this activity students will develop an understanding of where Black Canadians have come from. 

Slavery and its Gradual Abolition in Upper Canada

This lesson examines the viewpoints on the abolition of slavery in Upper Canada – immediate abolition, gradual abolition, or no abolition. 

Explore the Role of Blacks in the Fur Trade Industry

These lessons will provide students with the opportunity to explore and investigate interactions among Europeans, Blacks and Indigenous peoples, with a focus on delving deeper into the often untold experience of Black fur traders as the primary focus.


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