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A geographical perspective on the Numbered Treaties in Canada
Presentation by Connie Wyatt Anderson.
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About this webinar: This webinar provides a geographical perspective on the Numbered Treaties in Canada. It focuses on where the Numbered Treaties are located, traditional indigenous place names, traditional territory acknowledgments and the learning resources found in the Treaty Education Kit that support these themes.

About the presenter:
Connie has taught high school history and geography on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation for over twenty years. She has been involved in the creation of student learning materials and curricula at the provincial, national, and international level, and has contributed to a number of textbooks, teacher support guides and school publications. She co-wrote the learning materials for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba's Treaty Education Initiative. She is a Governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the chair of its education wing; she is chair of the Geographical Names Board of Canada; and is a 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

"Grant me wherewith to make my living": Reflections on the making of Treaty 1 and the implications of Canada's Indian Act of 1876.
Presentation by Jean Friesen.
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Image of Jean FriesenAbout this webinar:
This presentation, based on the written record, will examine the first of Canada's western treaties, made at Lower Fort Gary in 1871. We will look at the expectations of both parties at the treaty and will discuss the implications for First Nations of the introduction and administration of the Indian Act in the west in 1876.

About the Presenter: Jean Friesen recently retired from the University of Manitoba where she taught Indigenous and Canadian history and Public History. She served as historian at the (now) Museum of Canadian History in Ottawa, was the founding editor of Manitoba History and Chair of the Manitoba Heritage Council. Her research has focused on the relations between First Nations and Newcomers in B.C. and the prairies in the 19th century. She has conducted research for the Public Interest Law Centre in Manitoba and has also served as a witness in cases related to Treaty 1.

Treaty Making and the Significance of the Royal Proclamation of 1763
Presentation by Cynthia Bird 
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About the webinar:
This webinar provides an introduction to treaty-making between First Nations peoples and the Crown (Canada) and discusses the significance of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 to this process. This presentation will provide a foundation for future webinars in the
Treaties and the Treaty Relationship webinar series.

About the presenter:
Cynthia Bird is a Cree educator from the Peguis First Nation Head shot of Cynthia Birdin Manitoba and Treaty 1 Territory. Mrs. Bird has thirty-four years of work experience in community education, research involving urban Aboriginal homelessness, Indigenous curriculum development, and group facilitation processes. Her education journey has included traditional and non-traditional settings, working with Elders, various education institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and First Nation communities and organizations in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Mrs. Bird began her work with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in 2009 as the lead and principal writer for the Treaty Education Initiative K-12 (TEI). In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to treaty education, she received the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Research and Curriculum Development Award in 2011 and the Treaty Advocacy Award from the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in 2014. Currently, she is advisor to the TEI, and lives in Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, where she works as an independent consultant.

From Suffragists to Superheroes: Canadian history for kids
Presentation by James Gillespie and Nancy Payne.
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About this webinar: Canadian history is full of exciting stories and fascinating people. What’s the best way to bring our shared past to children? Kayak magazine, published four times a year for readers between 8 and 12, aims to do just that through engaging storytelling and dynamic design. Join editor Nancy Payne and art director James Gillespie as they discuss their approach to making history come alive for kids.

Nancy PayneAbout the presenters: Nancy Payne has been editor of Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids since 2011. Before that, she edited publications for the Canadian Wildlife Federation including Wild, a nature and environment magazine for young readers. She has also been a producer with CBC Radio in Ottawa and written for a wide range of Canadian magazines and newspapers. She has a master’s in journalism from Carleton University.

James GillespieJames Gillespie joined Canada's History in 2009 as Web Designer. He became the Art Director for Kayak in December 2010, in 2013 he became Art Director of Canada’s History magazine. Since then James has helped coordinate many award winning articles and covers for both magazines. He looks forward to sharing some of his expertise in the graphic depiction of Canda’s history with you.

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Scott Chantler on historical research and visual storytelling
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About this webinar: In this presentation Scott Chantler will discuss the historical research and creation of two of his publications, Two Generals and Northwest Passage, as well as, his experiences engaging Canadians of all ages with graphic novels.

About the presenter: Scott Chantler is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novel Two Generals, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for Best American Comics 2012, and named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes Northwest Passage (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the Three Thieves series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens).

Aboriginal Arts & Stories: uplifting the stories and visions of indigenous youth
Presentation by Bronwyn Graves and Rebecca Benson
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About this webinar: In this presentation Bronwyn and Rebecca will discuss the history of the Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest, and how they have consistently managed to encourage growth in the contest each year. They will share some of their strategies for engaging First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and writers, discuss the impact of the contest on the lives of their participants and finalists, and they will share some of the work of their past winners.

BronwynAbout the presenters: Bronwyn Graves is currently the Education Manager at Historica Canada, she draws on her experiences as a history teacher while working with the National Office programs to create learning tools that will challenge students to think critically about Canada’s history. Bronwyn holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor’s in Education from OISE/University of Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Medieval and Modern Languages from Oxford.

Rebecca BensonRebecca Benson is the Program Coordinator for Aboriginal Arts & Stories. She received her Master’s in Art History from Queen’s University, and previous to working at Historica, completed a Research Fellowship with the Museum of Healthcare addressing the cultural appropriation of indigenous medicines by early pharmaceutical companies. She is Tuscarora from Six Nations of the Grand River, a proud student of kanien’keha (the Mohawk language) and is fiercely committed to the revitalization of indigenous culture throughout turtle island.

Talking about Agnes Macphail by Renée Bondy

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In 1921, Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. A champion of many causes, including the rights of women, immigrants, minors, prisoners, and farmers, Macphail was a long-serving leader whose political contributions shaped twentieth-century Canada. This webinar will examine Macphail’s remarkable life and impressive political career.

Renée Bondy teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Windsor, where she offers courses on the history of women’s movements in North America, women and religion, and marriage and gender. A Canadian historian, Renée’s research includes histories of women religious, including the Ursuline Sisters of the Chatham Union. Renée is the author of Pilgrims in Service: The Chatham Ursulines, Volume Three, commissioned by the Ursuline Sisters in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of their founding. She is co-editor of the recent collection Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education, and a regular contributor to Herizons magazine.

LBTQ+ Women in the Archives
by the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives

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The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium. By collecting and caring for important historical records the CLGA is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come. Presenting on behalf of the CLGA is their Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Jade Pichette. She has a passion for LGBTQ+ Canadian history and especially the women who have shaped that history. This presentation will give snapshots into the lives of lesbian, bisexual, and trans women as highlighted from the CLGA collections.

Understanding Canadian Women's Suffrage
by Veronica Strong-Boag

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Veronica (Nikki) Strong-Boag is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor Emerita in UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies and Director of the pro-democracy website, She is the recipient of the Tyrrell Medal in Canadian History from the Royal Society of Canada (2012) and a former president of the Canadian Historical Association (1993-4). She has numerous publications, including Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Aberdeen and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens (2015), Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts the History of Childhood Disadvantage (2011), and Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (2000) with Carole Gerson. She has won the John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian history (1988) and the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences (2012).

"Where do History and Community Meet?"

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If you want to get historic in Edmonton, there is no shortage of options. You can join the active online community through Facebook, Twitter, and the Edmonton City as Museum Project (ECAMP) website; jump on a bus or boat for a YEG Curiosities Tour; or raise a glass (or teacup) at the Yellowhead Brewery, Tavern 1903, Selkirk Hotel, or Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. There's even talk of a possible 1950s era martini bar in the Civil Defense Bunker. In this session, Edmonton's Historian Laureate brings you on a visual tour of some of the city's spaces where history and community meet, and hopefully sparks new ideas for you and your town.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate.

‘Guelph Remembers Lt.-Col. John McCrae and the Legacy of “In Flanders Fields”’

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2015 marks the centenary of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. It was written on May 3rd, 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in response to the battlefield death of his friend Lt. Alexis Helmer. Following the publication of McCrae’s poem in the English magazine Punch in December of 1915, the image of blood-red poppies amid crosses marking the graves of the fallen resonated with civilians and the military among the Allied countries. In the years following the Great War, the poppy became an international symbol of remembrance and commemoration. In his impressive monograph Death So Noble, Memory, Meaning, and the First World War, Jonathan Vance succinctly notes the impact of the poem. He states: “John McCrae, the proud son of Guelph, Ontario, was thrust to the forefront of Canada’s war myth.” Lines from the poem are inscribed in the Memorial Chapel of the Peace Tower in Ottawa. To most Canadians, McCrae is known as the soldier-poet who penned three well- known verses of war poetry. However, McCrae was a far more complex man with many personal interests and career paths. When he wrote “In Flanders Fields” Major John McCrae was in his forties, a veteran of the Second Boer War, and Second in Command & Brigade Surgeon, First Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. By 1918 he had served three years as the chief medical officer of the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill). When he died from pneumonia in January 1918, McCrae had just become the first Canadian appointed consultant physician to the British Army. A full calendar of events has been planned for 2015 in Guelph to commemorate the 100th anniversary of McCrae’s famous poem and to remember the man – doctor, soldier and poet. On behalf of Guelph Museums, Dr. Debra Nash-Chambers presented this lecture.

To Know Where You're Going You Have to Know Where You Have Been

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This webinar looks at why SALON Theatre Productions chooses to situate themselves at the intersection between art and history. One of the most effective ways to teach about our history is through the mediums of song, theatre, and performance. Teaching through these mediums allows important stories from our rich past to take on new life, making them both palatable and engaging for current generations. It is important to fully engage with our past - warts and all - to better appreciate where we came from and how decisions from the past inform the Canada we have today.

Enemy Aliens

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 Adara Goldberg, Education Director at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, discussed the creation of the “Enemy Aliens” project and the ongoing resonance of the Holocaust and other experiences of historical injustices in Canadian history.

Dr. Adara Goldberg is the Education Director at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Before arriving at the VHEC in 2012, she earned a PhD from the Strassler Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Her research explores the resettlement of Holocaust survivors in Canada, 1947–1955, and the complex relationships that ensued between survivors, Jewish social service agencies, and Canadian Jewry.

In June 2012, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre launched its most ambitious exhibit to date, “Enemy Aliens”: The Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada, 1940 – 1943. The exhibit tells the little-known story of 2,300 Jewish male refugees from Nazi Germany and Austria who had sought asylum in Britain, only to be deported to Canada in response to Winston Churchill's demand to "collar the lot.” The refugees’ experiences of internment in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick camps had never before been told through a comprehensive exhibit and teaching program.

To enrich and extend the reach of the bilingual travelling exhibit, the VHEC delivered a rich roster of public programs and educational initiatives. The project brought the story of the 2,300 Jewish refugees of Nazism to the fore, and made significant contributions to Canadians’ understanding of the immigration and wartime measures that affected Jewish refugees and other minority groups, including Japanese-Canadians and Italian-Canadians, during the Second World War.

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The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Remembrance Committee

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The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 Remembrance Committee consisted of a dozen key volunteers with various connections to our Great Lakes maritime history. In their efforts to act as a catalyst to engage groups along the Lake Huron shoreline, and around the Great Lakes Basin, they encouraged independent activities to commemorate the worst weather-related disaster in Canadian Great Lakes maritime history. It was necessary to coordinate numerous remote undertakings. Paul Carroll, a retired educational administrator, marine author and artist, accept the challenge of coordinating the participating groups. They were able to bridge heritage, visual and performing arts events, along with marine business and industrial interests, to conduct a comprehensive set of commemorative activities. Using social media and the Internet as a vehicle to bring folks together, they were able to involve over 12,000 participants and arrange a collaboration involving 65 different partners. His webinar presentation will attempt to share how they were able to achieve these amazing outcomes, which have received local, provincial, and national recognition for their success.

Engaging the Community within the Archives: 'The Land That Supports Our Feet' Symposium by Deseronto Archives
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During this webinar, archivist Amanda Hill discusses the community event organized by the Deseronto Archives, 'The Land That Supports Our Feet' Symposium.

The Land that Supports our Feet’ symposium was developed within the communities of the Town of Deseronto and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Eastern Ontario. It was planned as a one-day educational and awareness-raising event on the subject of First Nations and settler perceptions of land and the history of settlement in the area. More than 90 people attended the symposium, from communities all around the Bay of Quinte region and beyond.


Deseronto Archives WebsiteUnsettling the Settler Within Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling,and Reconciliation in Canada, 2010, by Paulette Regan,A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, 2009, by John Ralston Saul

Beyond the Guided Tour: Exploring Today's New Approach to Museum Programs
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As the role of the museum changes, are we as educators changing the programs with it? Join museum consultant Annabelle Girard for a discussion about the current trends in museums and how programs can reflect these changes. Examining several examples of successful museum programs, we will review how each is relevant to its intended site and how we as educators can learn from these examples.

This webinar will provide you with some tools and inspiration for broadening the current program base and visitorship at your site. See how your heritage organization can develop inclusive and engaging programs with limited resources in budget and staff.

Online Collections: Scenes and Schemes
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People expect information to be available at the click of a button. If it's not online, it doesn't exist. So how can already overburdened museums meet this new public expectation with regards to their collections? Should we go to where the people are or build something new and hope they come to us? Do we share it all or only give teasers? There are a lot of considerations and decisions to face.

Join Karin Kierstead, Museum Advisor at the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, for a strategic discussion that will help you answer these and other questions, and learn how a group of 51 community museums overcame the obstacles and are now sharing over 145,000 collection records on

Oral History 101

Would you like to collect stories from your community members, but aren’t sure where to start?

Join Alexander Freund, Associate Professor at The University of Winnipeg, as he guides you through the steps of a successful oral history project. From planning, to interviewing, to processing, this webinar will teach you what you need to know to start your own oral history project.

Watch a recording of Oral History 101. When you are finished, visit our Community Forum to continue the conversation.

Japan Through the Senses — Educational Programs for Museums

The Richmond Museum in Richmond BC offers a number of affordable, informative, and fun educational programs — for use in both the museum and the classroom.

Join Emily So, Educational Programs Coordinator at Richmond Museum, as she tells you about creating programs that meet curriculum standards and utilize the museum’s rich resources. The webinar will focus on Japan Through the Senses — 1 of their 9 education kits that contain museum materials, curriculum connections, and lesson plans that teachers can rent for use in the classroom.

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Collecting more than just books: Toronto Public Library's Black Creek Local History Project

Join Jessica Rovito, a Librarian at the Toronto Public Library, as she takes you through an inter-generational local history project, made possible with funding from the New Horizon’s for Seniors Program. In 2010, local seniors and teens from the Jane-Finch area worked together over the course of six months to create an online local history repository for the Black Creek area. Teens conducted oral history interviews, using digital audio and video equipment to record and edit the seniors’ stories. The project also included a series of talks on local history subjects, a bus tour to historical sites in the Black Creek area, as well as a formal exhibit at the York Woods Library.

Check out the project's website at

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“Let Me Tell You…” Seniors in their Community

The Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain gathered stories from seniors through the “Let Me Tell You…” project using musings, walkabouts, and talk-abouts. Not only did the Centre acquire local history around personal and community memories but there were some pleasant surprises for the participants as well.

Join Museum Manager Rebecca Still, as she explains musings, walkabouts, and talk-abouts, describes project, and provides ideas on how your community could do a similar project.

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“Youth in Museums: Open the door and let 'em in!”

Join Madeleine Callaghan of the Scarborough Museum as she takes you through their multi-year youth diversity project, made possible with funding from the Citizenship and Immigration Inter-Action Program. Youth new to Canada integrate with Canadian youth, and together do everything from performing historical theatre to working on photo projects inspired by the museum's collection. These experiences pave the way for youth to develop social and employability skills. Learn how one small museum is making an impact and how you can do the same.

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"Breaking Barriers without Breaking the Bank," with archivist Amanda Hill.

In this presentation, archivist Amanda Hill shares her experiences of engaging with an online audience in the small part-time archive service at Deseronto in Eastern Ontario. She explains how even the most minimally-funded organizations can create an online footprint to rival larger, richer institutions and, in some ways, are better placed than larger bodies to do so.

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