11th Canada's History Forum

Connecting Communities Through History

Hosted by Canada’s History Society

Posted December 17, 2018

In a globalized and digital world, Canadians are more connected than ever before. Communication is instantaneous and information is at our fingertips.

But what is the depth of our connections? What do we really know about our neighbours, friends, and colleagues? How can we understand the experiences and perspectives of others? How do we encourage students to become engaged, empathetic citizens?

Today’s leaders in the field of history know that a deeper understanding of the past has the power to bring together seemingly disparate people and communities. History connects us to each other, to places, and to ideas. Through the stories and experiences that we share, we strengthen these connections and our commitment to one another.

The 11th Canada’s History Forum welcomed the recipients of the 2018 Governor General’s History Awards to share 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.

The event took place on January 27, 2019 at the Canadian War Museum and was livestreamed via Facebook. View the event programme.

Watch The Presentations

SCMR Oral History Project

In this presentation, Deborah Dobbins discusses how telling stories of pioneer African American Canadians can be a catalyst for reconciliation.

Mon Vélo Raconte

In this presentation, Jean-Paul Guiard and Sergio Gutiérrez share how they created an event to celebrate the history and cultural vitality of their community.

Self-Determination in Heritage Management

In this presentation, Sarah Pashagumskum explains how the exhibit Footprints: A Walk Through Generations was curated and developed from a Cree perspective in collaboration with community voices.

Why Local Stories Matter

In this presentation, Bill Waiser suggests that local history has broad implications for the country as a whole.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Storytellers

In this presentation, David Bouchard shares some words of wisdom (and humour) with the 2018 Young Citizens.

Connecting Communities: Historical and Personal Reflections

In this presentation, Elsbeth Heaman asks, “What can history teach us about how to get along with each other?”

Envisioning Canada 2070

In this presentation, Paul Paterson shares how his Canada 2070 project encouraged student engagement and empathy.

The Seven Years' War in 3D

In this presentation, Jean-François Gosselin demonstrates how he linked three dimensions of education: the creative process, the development of historical thought, and the use of technology.

Classroom Cultural Exchange

In this presentation, Maxine Hildebrandt and Lisl Gunderman discuss how their cultural exchange provided an opportunity for students to see things from perspectives other than their own.

The Conversation

In this presentation, Temma Frecker and Will Mercer share their experience delving into the timely debate around commemorating controversial historical figures.

Buildings of New France

In this presentation, Eric Chassé discusses how he developed a project that encourages strong research and social exchange.

Our Voices Have Power

Lisa Howell believes in the transformative power of education and encourages her students to not only think deeply and critically, but to also take action.

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