2019 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Dr. Lindsay Gibson working with participants at the 2017 HTSI.

Location : Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum
Date : July 15–19, 2019
Cost : $525 ($500 + GST)

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Historical thinking is now a foundation for history and social studies curricula across the country and internationally, and museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing this pedagogical approach for both their exhibits and educational programs. The Historical Thinking Summer Institute (HTSI) is designed for teachers, graduate students, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians and museum educators who want to enhance their understanding of historical thinking and their expertise in designing history programs, courses, units, lessons, projects, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

Attendees of the 2019 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will participate in a variety of activities including presentations and workshops, learning activities in exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, small group discussions of readings, and guest lectures to explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence and interpretations, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history.

These concepts will shape the exploration of the substantive theme of this year’s HTSI “Thinking Historically about Inclusive History.” By “inclusive history” we mean history that attends to the diverse nature of Canadian society, in the past and in the present, including the history of Indigenous peoples, ethnic groups, minoritzed groups (groups whose people and histories have been marginalized by the dominant society) such as women, LGBTQ2+, persons with disabilities, and socioeconomic and social class diversity. Through the activities at this year’s HTSI, participants will use the six historical thinking concepts to think historically about issues of power and representation related to these categories.

This is the second year that we will have both French and English speaking groups participating at the same time.


Dr. Lindsay Gibson, University of Alberta
Dr. Catherine Duquette, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Dr. Carla Peck, University of Alberta
Laurie Pageau, PhD Candidade, Université Laval

Fees and refund policy

July 15–19, 2019 | Fees: $525 ($500 + GST)

Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued. To withdraw from the 2019 Summer Institute please submit written notice by June 15 to be eligible for a full refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

For more information contact:
Joanna Dawson, Acting Director of Programs, Canada’s History
204-988-9300 ext. 225


Facebook Group: Historical Thinking Summer Institutelink opens in new window

To help everyone connect before and after the HTSI we have created a private Facebook group for HTSI participants from the past and present. It’s a private group, so you will have to request to join the group. Once you have registered for the HTSI click on the link above and request access to the group. 

Once you join the group feel free to ask questions, make comments, introduce yourself, or share information about accommodation, activities, and restaurants. 


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. Here are some suggestions to get you started (prices are approximates only).

Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau have many hotels of many varieties, most are a quick transit ride away from either or both museums, many are walking or biking distance, and both museums are connected by beautiful cycling paths along the Ottawa River. Here are some of the closest hotels to give you a sampling. Hotels tend to be less expensive on the Quebec side.

Four Points by Sheraton — Gatineaulink opens in new window

Closest to the History Museum, standard rates — $160–200 per night
History Museum: 1 minute walk

Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawalink opens in new window

Affordable Gatineau accommodations
$160–$200 per night
History Museum: 18 minute walk, 9 minute bus, or 7 minute cycle

Delta Hotel by Marriott — Ottawa City Centrelink opens in new window

Standard rates — $230 per night
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 15 minute cycle

Albert at Bay Suite Hotellink opens in new window

Large suites and hotel rooms — standard rates — $230 per night
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 8 minute cycle

University Residences:

University of Ottawalink opens in new window

Accommodation in a variety of residence units — double room or suites with two rooms and shared bathroom. Approximately $150 for double occupancy.

Distance times are approximate and vary depending on the residence location.
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Université de Québec en Outaouaislink opens in new window

315, boulevard Alexandre-Taché, appartement 202, Gatineau, Québec, J9A 1L8
These are a short drive from the museum. Parking is available.
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Other University Residences:

Carleton University and St. Paul University also have residence accommodations available for short term rental. They are about a 15–20 minute drive from the museum.

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