His­tory Mat­ters

Canada’s his­tory cham­pi­ons hon­oured at Gover­nor Gen­eral’s His­tory Awards.

Canada's History - - CONTENTS - by Janet Walker

Cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s his­tory mak­ers at the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s His­tory Awards.

Twenty years ago, Gover­nor Gen­eral Roméo Le­Blanc, to­gether with Canada’s His­tory So­ci­ety, launched a new award pro­gram to cel­e­brate ex­em­plary his­tory teach­ers. Le­Blanc, a for­mer teacher, knew that this recog­ni­tion would in­spire new gen­er­a­tions of both teach­ers and stu­dents.

Since then, the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s His­tory Awards has be­come an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of teach­ers, lead­ers in pop­u­lar me­dia and in schol­arly re­search, as well as mu­seum pro­fes­sion­als and community vol­un­teers.

Last Novem­ber, Canada’s His­tory and its part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions gath­ered at in Ot­tawa to hon­our the 2016 win­ners. As well, be­fore a stand­ing-room-only crowd, lead­ers in the In­dige­nous, schol­arly, and ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether for the Canada’s His­tory Fo­rum on En­gag­ing Au­then­tic In­dige­nous His­to­ries.

Canada’s His­tory salutes all his­tory cham­pi­ons — both this year’s win­ners, and the more than 160 hon­ourees from pre­vi­ous years. Their work is in­spir­ing change, build­ing con­fi­dence, and in­flu­enc­ing new gen­er­a­tions of sto­ry­tellers.

As we mark the 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion, these his­tory ed­u­ca­tors and lead­ers are help­ing to nav­i­gate the course to Canada 150 — and beyond. View the 2016 Canada’s His­tory Fo­rum at www.CanadasHis­tory.ca/His­to­ryFo­rum.

Clock­wise from top left: Gover­nor Gen­eral David John­ston, cen­tre, presents teach­ers Lori Buchanan, left, and Adam Pounder, right, with their award.

Chris Stam­per, SVP cor­po­rate mar­ket­ing, TD Bank Group, left, and His­tory Mak­ers Gala MC Alexan­dre Des­patie.

Award re­cip­i­ents at­tend the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at Rideau Hall, Ot­tawa.

Randy Bois­son­nault, par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to the min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage.

Pierre Ber­ton Award win­ner Merna Forster.

El­der Claudette Com­manda of Kit­i­gan Zibi Anishin­abeg Al­go­nquin First Na­tion speaks at the Wa­bano Cen­tre for Aborginal Health, Ot­tawa.

From left, Young Ci­ti­zens Sarah Krause, Kasi Kafka-Kotelko, and Sukhmandip Kang cre­ate art at the Na­tional Cen­tre for Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion’s Imag­ine a Canada work­shop at the Wa­bano Cen­tre.

Past Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Teach­ing Award win­ner Anne Ten­ning speaks dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion at the Canada’s His­tory Fo­rum in Ot­tawa.

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