The Government of Canada History Awards honour 192 high school and university students
Published on March 15, 2018
Photo Credit Clockwise from Top Left: Florence Sallows (Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol); James R. Johnston (Norman Studio Nova Scotia Archives); Canadian Women’s Army Corps Personnel (Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-145516); Portrait of Evee (George Hunter / National Film Board of Canada / Library and Archives Canada / PA-166471); Agnes Wong, Chinese-Canadian munitions worker (Ronny Jaques / National Film Board of Canada. Library and Archives Canada); Harry Kigiona, (Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada); Anna Pansek (Library and Archives Canada); Sonja Royes (Canada. Dept. of Manpower and Immigration / Library and Archives Canada).
OTTAWA, March 13, 2018 – A total of 192 students from across the country are sharing a total of $200,000 in prizes presented as part of the 2017 Government of Canada History Awards. Presented for the fourth consecutive year, the awards honour the exceptional work of university students studying history (for the significance of their research in Canadian history) or education (for the originality of an activity for teaching Canadian history). The awards also recognize the work of high school students (in grades10, 11 and 12/ Secondary 4, 5 and Cégep) who, through their writing, have shown an interest in great moments in Canadian history. In all, more than 800 student submissions were received from across the country. The complete list of winners appears below.
“I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Government of Canada History Awards and thank everyone who took part,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Our government is committed to encouraging Canadians—especially young people—to learn more about our country’s rich history. We are proud to support the excellent work of Canada’s History Society through the Canada History Fund.”
In the University category, the 2017 Government of Canada History Awards honours 20 students who each receive a $2,000 prize—divided between partners for team submissions. Masters students were required to submit an original essay on Canadian history relating to their program or field of research. Education students had to propose an original activity focused on the teaching of Canadian history. The submissions—a maximum of 2,000 words in length—were reviewed based on the following criteria: quality of writing, historical thinking, innovation, and indigenous and diverse perspectives. The winners were selected by an independent jury made up of history educators.
Category: High Schools
In the High Schools (and Cégep) category, the 2017 Government of Canada History Awards go to 172 students who each receive a $1,000 prize—divided between partners for team submissions. Students were required to submit an original piece of writing of no more than 1,000 words in length in the form of a historical essay, a historical work of fiction, or digital content. The submissions had to address one of the following topics: reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the First World War, Expo 67, Canadian identity, or the development of a new national historic site. Submissions were also required to demonstrate original research, historical analysis, a good knowledge of the subject matter, and critical thinking skills. The winners were selected by an independent jury made up history educators
About the Government of Canada History Awards
The Government of Canada History Awards were created in 2013. Their goal is to connect youth to their history by honouring the work of outstanding students who show an interest in great moments in Canadian history. The awards are administered by Canada’s History.
About Canada’s History
Canada’s History is a national charitable organization whose mission is to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history, principally through its publishing, education, and recognition programs. In addition to administering the Government of Canada History Awards and publishing Canada’s History magazine and Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids,Canada’s History produces a number of educational programs to further encourage the exploration and understanding of our shared culture and history.
For more information on the winners, see historyawards.ca