Governor General of Canada to Attend National History Forum at Carleton University

    History Forum Will Focus on How to Better Educate Our Students

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Even though his face dominates the 10 dollar
bills we use every day, it's sobering that still only 52 percent of Canadians
can name our first Prime Minister. This country's lack of historical knowledge
is especially prevalent among Canada's youth. This growing gap between what we
want our children to be taught and what we, as adults, think is important to
remember is the topic for discussion at Canada's National History Society's
first National Forum on Canadian History to be held in partnership with
Carleton University on Friday, November 2, 2007.
    Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of
Canada, will be in attendance along with the 2007 recipients of the Governor
General's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, and 100 school
teachers from across Canada who will be in Ottawa to attend the Teacher's
Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy.
    This unprecedented forum will bring education to a national stage,
inviting classroom teachers, historians, writers and film and television
producers to talk about who and what is influencing how history is taught in
our schools.
    "Given recent public debates such as Canada's role in the Second World
War's Bomber Command, and the appropriateness of the murals on display in the
B.C. Legislature, we see a growing public interest in understanding how
Canada's history is remembered, and why, in other cases, it so often
forgotten," said Deborah Morrison, President of Canada's National History
Society. "We want this forum to be the start of a conversation about the role
of history education in today's society."
    "Carleton University is pleased to host this important event," said
Dr. Samy Mahmoud, President and Vice-Chancellor pro tempore of Carleton
University. "The University has its own proud history of communications and
public policy inquiry, and so we welcome this unique opportunity to encourage
dialogue and explore the presence of the past in today's future-focused
    The National History Society Forum will feature three of Canada's leading
scholars in Canadian history education. They include Penney Clark (Department
of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, UBC), Ruth Sandwell (Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education) and Jocelyn Létourneau (Canada Research
Chair Contemporary Quebec History, Université Laval).
    Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group and TD's Literacy
Champion adds, "Education and literacy play a critical role in preparing
Canada's young people for tomorrow's workforce and this cannot be
understated." McKenna adds, "TD is proud to support an event that reinforces
the value of civic and historical knowledge with a goal of advancing cultural
tolerance and understanding."

    Members of the media are invited to attend the National Forum on Canadian
History at Carleton University (Porter Hall, 2nd Floor, University Centre) on
Friday, November 2, 2007 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    Please note that media must register by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1
for this event by emailing Please include the name of
journalist including camera people and photographers and the media
organization represented, along with contact information.
    Media will be required to check in and present proper media accreditation
at the door.

For further information:

For further information: Lin Moody, Media Relations, Carleton
University, (613) 520-2600 ext. 8705,; Deborah Morrison,
President and CEO, Canada's National History Society, (204) 293-1867 (cell),

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