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The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS)

Published on February 10, 2014

The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) in collaboration with the University of Prince Edward Island and PEI Social Studies Teachers’ Association will be holding a national conference on the teaching and communicating the history of Canada entitled (Re)making Confederation: (Re)Imagining Canada. The event will be held November 21-22 2014 at the Delta Prince Edward & PEI Convention Center, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The conference will look at the most effective methods to engage students and teach Canadian history and social studies as well as to address current issues in communicating history and look at the relevance of history in our daily lives. We expect over 350 delegates to attend.  The conference will feature over 40 plenary, panel, workshop and other special sessions and will include a number of sessions conducted in French (with simultaneous translation). Many of Canada’s leading academics, teachers and authors as well as researchers and representatives from museums, archives, government, non-governmental organizations, history organizations, publishers, and media will attend as presenters, delegates and exhibitors.

A sample of sessions on the program include:

  • The Guardians of Confederation Project: Canada’s Leaders of Tomorrow -  High school students from across Canada will gather in PEI to contextualise the world of 1864 and questions surrounding confederation.  Their work will lead to questions regarding the evolution of confederation from 1864 to today.  The students will interact with leading teachers and professors at the conference.
  • Engaging Students, Teaching Tools and Techniques
  • Learning-Based Projects - Creative ways to engage students
  • The Legend of Charlottetown, the Legacy of Confederation
  • Teaching (in) Diversity
  • Atlantic Canada in the National Consciousness
  • History and Citizenship
  • Teaching in/about Acadie
  • Evaluating Historical Thinking
  • Sir John A.: Myths and Realities
  • Learning and Teaching about Rights in Canada
  • Making Canada, Forgotten Canadians

A few of the presenters and conference speakers include:

  • Georges Arsenault, Prince Edward Island Historian and Folklorist
  • Peter Seixas, University of British Columbia
  • Margaret Conrad, University of New Brunswick
  • Alastair Sweeny, publisher, historian and author
  • Sharon Myers, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Penney Clark University of British Columbia
  • Rachel Collishaw, Glebe Collegiate, Ottawa, Ontario, Winner of the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Anthony Wilson-Smith, President, Historica Canada
  • Jocelyn Létourneau, Université Laval
  • Maurice Basque, université de Moncton
  • Stéphane Lévesque, University of Ottawa
  • Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick
  • Alan Sears, University of New Brunswick
  • Ed Macdonald, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Peter Twohig, St. Marys’ University

To register on line visit  Additional conference information to be updated and posted at on a regular basis. A limited number of travel grants are available for out of province teachers.

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