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2017 Governor General's History Awards Recipients
Cultural organizations, teachers, students, and community groups will be honoured for their exemplary work in promoting the exploration of Canada’s history. The prestigious Governor General’s History Awards — recognizing the excellence of innovative projects and encouraging the dissemination and learning of the history of Canada among its citizens — will be presented at Rideau Hall on November 22, 2017. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the award ceremony in the presence of the winners from communities across the country.
“I am deeply touched to see just how much our history arouses the interest of teachers, young students, academics, writers, community institutions, and museums. All demonstrate a real passion that is expressed through a desire to share the memory of places, people, and events. In turn, these award winners become witnesses who offer concrete reflections of our past. And since history also happens in the here and now, it is being made today by these Award winners from across the country. I offer them my most sincere congratulations,” states Janet Walker, President and CEO of Canada’s History, which administers the awards.
The Governor General’s History Awards are given out in the following five categories:
Excellence in Community Programming
Recognizes unique local and community history projects (awarded by Canada’s History). The winners are:
- The Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke for its History Goes to the Market event; Sherbrooke, Quebec
- The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre and the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation for the new Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning gallery; Prince George, British Columbia
Excellence in Teaching
Recognizes eight exemplary teachers or teams of teachers who are “leaders” in the classroom (awarded by Canada’s History, with the support of TD Bank and EF Educational Tours). The winners are:
- Marc Mailhot and Lynda Brown, Montgomery Village Public School; Orangeville, Ontario
- Janet Ruest, Chemainus Secondary School; Chemainus, British Columbia
- Rob Flosman, Waterdown District High School; Waterdown, Ontario
- Armand Doucet, Riverview High School; Riverview, New Brunswick
- Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Leia Laing, Multi-school project; Regina, Saskatchewan
- Glen Thielmann, D.P. Todd Secondary School; Prince George, British Columbia
Scholarly Research: The Sir John A. Macdonald Award
Recognizes the best Canadian history book produced in the academic milieu (awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, with the support of Manulife Financial). The winner is:
- Sarah Carter, of the University of Alberta, for her book Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies, published by University of Manitoba Press, 2016.
Excellence in Museums: The History Alive! Award
Recognizes institutions that demonstrate excellence in the presentation, preservation, and interpretation of history (awarded by the Canadian Museums Association, with the generous support of Ecclesiastical Insurance Ltd.).
- The Manitoba Museum, for the creation of the Spirit Lines educational kit; Winnipeg, Manitoba
Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award
Recognizes exceptional achievement in books, film, television, and new media (awarded by Canada’s History). The winner is:
- Daniel Francis, historian and author; North Vancouver, British Columbia
In addition to the presentation of the Governor General’s History Awards, recipients of the following prizes will also be honoured at Rideau Hall:
Indigenous Arts and Stories
Encourages indigenous youth to excel in the fields of writing and visual arts (awarded by Historica Canada). The winners are:
- Mackenzie Anderson; Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Alexander Angnaluak; Cold Lake, Alberta
- Julia George; Kuujjuarapik, Quebec
- K. Dawn Martin; Six Nations Of The Grand River, Ontario
Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge
Fosters artistic talents and historical knowledge among students between the ages of 7 and 14 (awarded by Canada’s History, with the support of TD Bank). The winners are:
Experiences Canada History Award
Encourages group organizers to incorporate creative and innovative activities relating to history and heritage into their interprovincial exchanges. The winner is:
- Denise Lipscombe; Inuvik, Northwest Territories
The theme of the 11th Canada’s History Forum was “Connecting Communities Through History.” Recipients of the 2018 Governor General’s History Awards shared the impact of their work on the communities that they serve. Presenters discussed how history can be used to build richer and deeper connections between all Canadians.