Canada’s History Society is committed to supporting and celebrating our amazing history educators.
In April 2016, Canada’s History brought together more than fifty past recipients of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. For four days in Ottawa these leading educators participated in national discussions about how we can best teach Canadian history.
Highlights of the event included a discussion at Rideau Hall with Governor General David Johnston and a full afternoon of development sessions at the University of Ottawa, where teachers and faculty shared best practices on a number of important topics. For the teachers, it was an exceptional opportunity to work together with peers who share their dedication to teaching Canadian history.
In November 2016, Canada’s History hosted the Governor General’s History Awards in Ottawa. The Governor General’s History Awards recognize the exceptional work of teachers, students, academics, museums, and community groups in Canada.
A highlight of the multi-day event was a visit to the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health by our Young Citizens contest winners and Governor General’s History Award recipients.
The recipients toured the awardwinning facility, exploring an exhibit on the history of residential schools in Canada, while our Young Citizens participated in a special Imagine a Canada workshop. Afterwards, both groups gathered to share their experiences.
Left: Governor General David Johnston speaks with a group of award-winning history teachers at Rideau Hall. Top: Students and teachers listen to a presentation at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa. Above: Pierre Berton Award winner Merna Forster with the Governor General.