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2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute

Location: Canadian Museum of History/Canadian War Museum

Date: July 17-22, 2017

Program Description

Historical thinking is now a foundation for history and social studies curricula across the country and internationally, and museum and heritage educators are similarly embracing it. The Historical Thinking Summer Institute is designed for teachers, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians and museum educators who want to enhance their expertise at designing history programs, courses, units, lessons, projects, or educational resources that explicitly focus on historical thinking.

Attendees of the 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute will participate in a variety of activities including presentations and workshops, learning activities in the exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum, discussions of readings, guest lectures, and group work to explore six historical thinking concepts: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history.

These concepts will shape our exploration of the substantive theme of this year’s institute “Thinking Historically about Canada 150.” Throughout the different activities at this year’s institute participants will use the six historical thinking concepts to think historically about Canada’s past, present, and future.

All of the main sessions during the 2017 HTSI will be in English, however, some activities, readings, and workshops will be available in French if there are significant numbers of French-speaking participants. 

Course Description

2017 Summer Institute Program DRAFT

Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lindsay Gibson, University of Alberta
Dr. Viviane Gosselin, Museum of Vancouver

Dr. Catherine Duquette, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Registration and Fees (Registration Now OPEN!)

July 17-22, 2017 | Fees: $565 ($500 + HST)

Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. 

For more information contact:
Jessica Knapp,  Online Engagement Coordinator, Canada's History
204-988-9300 ext. 232

Refund Policy:
Please note that should the course be cancelled, a full refund will be issued.
To withdraw from the 2016 Summer Institute please submit written notice by June 15 to be eligible for a full refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be provided for cancellations received after this date.

Canadian Museum Association Bursary Program

Participants working in Museums in Canada may be eligible for the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) Bursary Program.

To download the Application Form, please visit the CMA web site, or contact Suzie Anne Monast, Administrative Officer at the Canadian Museums Association/Association des musées canadiens (613) 567-0099 ext 240. See CMA website for Application Deadline for the CMA Bursaries.

Facebook Group: Historical Thinking Summer Institute 2017

Local participants can offer billets, suggestions for activities and restaurants, out of town participants can find a place to stay, things to do, and people to do it with!
To help everyone connect we have created a private Facebook group for attendees. It’s a private group, so you will have to request to join the group before posting. If you’re not on Facebook, but would like to request or offer accommodation, please email Rachel Collishaw at

Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. Here are some suggestions to get you started (prices are approximates only):

Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau have many hotels of many varieties, most are a quick transit ride away from either or both museums, many are walking or biking distance, and both museums are connected by beautiful cycling paths along the Ottawa River. Here are some of the closest hotels to give you a sampling. Hotels tend to be less expensive on the Quebec side. Please note that all hotel rooms are filling up quickly for 2017!

Four Points by Sheraton - Gatineau
Closest to the History Museum, standard rates - $160-200 per night
War Museum: 22 minute walk, 18 minute bus, or 10 minute cycle
History Museum: 1 minute walk

Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa
Affordable Gatineau accommodations, closest to both museums.
$160-$200 per night
War Museum: 18 minute walk, 10 minute bus, or 8 minute cycle
History Museum: 18 minute walk, 9 minute bus, or 7 minute cycle

Delta Hotel by Marriott - Ottawa City Centre
Close to both museums, standard rates - $230 per night
War Museum: 17 minute walk, 15 minute bus, or 6 minute cycle
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 15 minute cycle

Albert at Bay Suite Hotel
Large suites and hotel rooms - standard rates - $230 per night
War Museum: 15 minute walk, 10 minute bus, or 7 minute cycle
History Museum: 30 minute walk, 20 minute bus, or 8 minute cycle
University Residences:

University of Ottawa -
Accommodation in a variety of residence units - double room or suites with two rooms and shared bathroom. Approximately $150 for double occupancy.

Distance times are approximate and vary depending on the residence location.
War Museum: 34 minute walk, bus not great, 10 minute cycle
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Université de Québec en Outaouais
315, boulevard Alexandre-Taché, appartement 202, Gatineau, Québec, J9A 1L8
These are a short drive from the museums. Parking is available.
War Museum: 34 minute walk, bus not great, 10 minute cycle
History Museum: 30 minute walk, bus not great, 12 minute cycle

Other University Residences:
Carleton University and St. Paul University also have residence accommodations available for short term rental. They are about a 15-20 minute drive from both museums.

There are many other options for accommodations in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, but they are all filling up quickly in anticipation of the summer-long 2017 celebrations.

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