Your Chance to Weigh In with Canada's Leading Educators, Historians,
Community Leaders & Museum Curators
OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. It was the world's
first global conflict and it affected every level of society. Over 500
high school students from Victoria High School are remembered in the
Great War Roll of Honour; the first woman officially in the Royal
Canadian Navy was a 'nursing sister' from Bruce County, Ontario named
Elizabeth Pierce; 700 men from the Newfoundland regiment were killed or
injured during the First World War and children across Canada saved
their pennies to buy War Savings Stamps.
Cenotaphs in tribute to these sons, daughters, men and women exist in
virtually every city and town across the country yet only 2 in 10
Canadians attend annual Remembrance Day events in their communities.
Teachers and community groups are now seizing upon the centennial
anniversary to renew interest about Canada's role during the Great War
and make the distant past more relevant for Canadian students.
Canada's History Forum will bring together over 150 of Canada's leading
educators, students, community leaders, historians and museum curators
to join with the Governor General's History Award recipients and
critically examine leading practices inside the classroom and in
community commemorations. The theme of this year's 5th national history forum is 'How should World War I be remembered?" As
the First World War fades from public memory, efforts as to how to
preserve the world's first global conflict as a vibrant part of the
Canadian historical and cultural landscape will be explored.
Deborah Morrison, President & CEO of Canada's History Society remarked,
"The National History Forum plays an important role in fostering a
greater connection between the history students learn in school, and
the presentation and commemoration of it in our communities. By
hosting this annual opportunity to bring teachers, museums, and content
creators together we spark new ideas and partnerships that will lead to
the research and telling of even more of Canada's stories."
Some of this year's presenters include Jonathan Vance, who will discuss
how Canadian remembrance of this event has changed over time, and
Andrew Iarocci who will talk about the myths that surround Canada's
involvement in the war. Melanie Martin, Department of Tourism, Culture
& Recreation, Government of Newfoundland, will discuss the curriculum
program and memorial projects under development in Newfoundland to
commemorate their role in the Great War; and Dean Oliver, Director of
Research, Interpretation and Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum will
discuss new research and findings that address aspects of wartime
Canada about which we still know very little.
An initiative of Canada's National History Society, produced with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and
Enbridge Inc., the Forum will also feature a special presentation of
the National Winners of the Heritage Fairs-Young Citizens student video
project over the lunch hour.
This year's event will feature three sessions of an hour and a half in
length and are structured to encourage questions and dialogue with the
audience. The event will be held in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum,
1 Vimy Place. It is open to the public and free of charge to attend.
The presentations will also be broadcast live online. To register for
the National Forum on Canadian History, and to preview podcasts with our Forum presenters visit the education
section of www.CanadasHistory.ca
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted
to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the
Governor General's History Awards and publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, as well as Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces a number of educational and online programs
to encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about our
rich history and culture. More details can be found at www.CanadasHistory.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's History
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