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Dominyka Taylor and Charles Bilodeau

Dominyka Taylor and Charles Bilodeau

2014 recipients of the Kayak Kids' Illustrated History Challenge

Les Musées de la civilisation

Les Musées de la civilisation

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Museums.

Great Lakes Storm Remembrance Committee

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming

Mark Zuehlke

Announcing the 2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award!

2014 Scholarly Research Award

James Daschuk, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

David Alexander and Ryan McManaman: Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

David Alexander & Ryan McManaman

Recipients of the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Laurie Cassie & Sharon Moy: 2014 recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Laurie Cassie & Sharon Moy

2014 recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Connie Wyatt Anderson: 2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Connie Wyatt Anderson

2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Gérald Charron: 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Gérald Charron

2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Manon St-Hilaire: 2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Manon St-Hilaire

2014 recipient of Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Michael Berry: 2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Michael Berry

2014 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Governor General's History Awards The Governor General’s History Awards are Canada’s top honours in the field of history and heritage. They celebrate the very best in Canadian achievements to ensure our national past has a vibrant presence in our society today.

The 2014 awards were presented on Monday, November 3 at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Meet the 2014 award recipients!



Upcoming Award Deadlines

May 31, 2015

Nominate outstanding individuals or organizations that have helped popularize Canadian history with the written word through such means as publications, film, radio, television, theatre, voluntarism or the web.

July 13, 2015

Aims to inspire small, volunteer-led community organizations in the creation of innovative programming that commemorates important aspects of our heritage. Projects can be an event, activity or other form of programming. Nominations welcome.

July 17, 2015

This award honours significant achievements in the historical field and encourages standards of excellence specifically in the presentation, preservation and interpretation of national, regional or local history. Nominations for a deserving museum or heritage institution are welcome.


December 31, 2015

Publishers wishing to submit works with a 2014 imprint or, if not previously submitted, a 2013 imprint, should forward an entry for all the history books they have published during the year in order to give all their authors a chance at the prize.

March 31, 2016

Are you an Aboriginal Canadian between the ages of 14-29? Showcase your talent and creativity, have your work reviewed by the foremost Aboriginal storytellers. You could win cash prizes and even have your work published in a national magazine!


April 1, 2016

Recognizes excellence in the teaching of Canadian history, inspire teachers and schools to strive for excellence in Canadian history education and facilitates sharing of best practices and innovative teaching ideas within Canada’s teaching community. Six teachers will receive a medal and $2,500. The recipient’s school will also receive a $1,000 prize.

May 1, 2016

Help strengthen both literacy skills and Canadian historical knowledge by encouraging Canadian kids between the ages of 7–14 to create their own illustrated story or comic based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest.


Upcoming Award Events
Oct 01, 2015

Call for Papers

83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

“Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries”

April 14–17, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for its 83rd Annual Meeting, to be hosted by the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History.

“Geography as history” is one of the Canadian War Museum’s overarching themes, reflected throughout its permanent galleries in discussions of topography and its influence on battle, and the gradual conquest of distance by technology, population movement and communications. Wars are now fought on and over the surface of the earth, on and under its adjacent oceans, in space, in the electromagnetic spectrum and on the Internet. Traditional boundaries are regularly transgressed, imperfectly administered and unevenly acknowledged. Moreover, fighting forces can blend with civilians in asymmetric warfare, blurring the lines between combatants and non-combatants. Borders and boundaries — geographic, political or conceptual — remain important to the study of military history. For the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Military History, the program committee will consider paper and panel proposals on all aspects of military history, while especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this theme.

Panel proposals must include a panel title (along with the full names and institutional affiliations of each participant and the full title of each paper), a one-page abstract summarizing the theme of the panel, a one-page abstract for each paper proposed and a one-page résumé for each panelist (including the chair and commentator), with email addresses and other contact information provided for all participants. Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process. Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a one page abstract of the paper, a one-page résumé and contact information, including email. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commentator. All submissions should be sent in a single PDF document that includes all elements (abstracts, résumés and contact information). Submissions sent in other formats will not be accepted.

Participants may present one paper, serve on a roundtable or provide panel comments. They may not fill more than one of these roles during the conference, nor should they propose to do so to the Program Committee. Members who act only as panel chairs for one session may deliver a paper, serve on a roundtable or offer comments in a different session. Members who serve as both the chair and commentator of a single session may not present in another session.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by October 1, 2015 to the program committee at SMH2016@warmuseum.ca. All presenters, chairs and commentators must be members of the Society for Military History as of December 31, 2015.

The meeting will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, which is located near the Canadian War Museum and Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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