Witness to History: Living Through Exceptional Times

Watch the recordings of the 2020 Canada’s History Forum.

Posted November 15, 2020

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have had their lives turned upside down.

The pandemic is exacerbating complicated issues in our society — highlighting problems of inequality and racism, sparking debates around individual and collective rights, and fuelling an increase in political polarization.

Yet, we also see stories of hope — of communities coming together, of social and economic innovation, and of a shift in priorities to the basic needs of health, love, and safety. 

The first day of the Canada’s History Forum invites some of Canada’s leading scholars for an online conversation to provide a historical context for these topics, and to shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing our society during exceptional times.

On day two of the Forum, we welcome the recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards to share their award-winning work, and to reflect on learning and teaching through this historic moment in time.

Join us online on November 26, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Eastern Time, and on November 27, 2020, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time. View the programs for Day One and Day Two.

Watch The Presentations

Witness to History: Conversation with Leading Scholars

On the first day of the 2020 Canada’s History Forum, four leading scholars and experts shared their perspectives on the changing world around us.

Witness to History: Sharing Community Histories

On the second day of the 2020 Canada’s History Forum, the recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards for Museums and for Community Programming discussed the importance of community involvement in their work.

Witness to History: Scholarly Research and Oral History

In this conversation, Eric Reiter and Steven High discuss their award-winning projects and analyze oral history, research and their roles as historians in these extraordinary times.

Witness to History: Teaching Through Exceptional Times

In this discussion, the recipients of the 2020 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching share their award-winning work and reflect on teaching through this moment in time.


Witness to History

With appreciation to

Power Corporation of Canada

Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 Canada’s History Forum.

Thank you

We are grateful for partners of Canada’s History.

Canadian Historical Association
Canadian Museums Association
Department of Canadian Heritage


The Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation
The Molson Foundation
The Wilson Foundation

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