2020 Governor General's History Award Recipients

Canadians recognized for their dedication and desire to keep history alive.

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Join us (virtually) at the Forum!

The first day of the Canada’s History Forum invites some of Canada’s leading scholars for an online conversation to shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing our society during exceptional times. On day two of the Forum, we welcome the recipients of the Governor General’s History Awards to share their award-winning work, and to reflect on learning and teaching through this historic moment in time.


Join us online on November 26, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Eastern Time, and on November 27, 2020, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Time.

In the Latest Issue

The Names and Knowledge Initiative

How the Names and Knowledge Initiative is helping to reveal Indigenous peoples, places, and understandings in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives.

Reframing the North

As we mark the magazine’s centennial, we reflect on the past, but we also want to share our aspirations for the future of Canada’s History.

Karine Duhamel Speaks about Life on the Land

“As an Indigenous person, I am looking at the pictures in The Beaver differently. I am looking at the things that make Indigenous peoples and communities strong...”

2020 The Governor General's History Awards

Gwich’in Goonanh’kak Googwandak: The Places and Stories of the Gwich’in

For nearly 23 years of research (1992-2015), the Gwich’in Tribal Council Department of Cultural Heritage (formerly Gwich’in Social & Cultural Institute) has worked with more than seventy-four Gwich'in Elders and traditional land users to document place names and create an inventory of heritage sites in the Gwich'in Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Dawn Martens

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and to learn about the plight of Jewish children during the Holocaust, Dawn Martens guided her grades 4 to 6 students on an interdisciplinary project to study and present Hans Krása’s opera, Brundibár.

The Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project

Created through a partnership between the Western Development Museum, Spirit Wrestler Productions, and the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Doukhobor Living Book Project documented through five multimedia outputs the history, culture, and religious beliefs of Saskatchewan’s Independent Doukhobors.

The Governor General's History Awards

Celebrating the very best in Canadian achievements in the field of history and heritage.

In the Newsletter

One-man’s Quiet(ish) Revolution

An extraordinary botanist and revolutionary intellectual, Brother Marie-Victorin — the David Suzuki of his day — changed the face of Quebec’s scientific community.

Growing Their Own

Tobacco in Alberta? The nomadic Blackfoot people cultivated it in this unlikely place long before European contact. Curiously, the beaver played a role.

Young Citizens: Six stories about environmental history

From conservation to climate change and activism, these Young Citizens share stories about the history of Canada’s environment.

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Growing Up Healthy

Don’t want to freak you out, but you are super-lucky to have good, free care if you get sick or hurt yourself. Today, it’s almost impossible for us to understand now how dangerous it was to be a kid for most of Canada’s history.

Talking About Pandemics

In this activity, students research the language used to describe the 1918 flu pandemic and compare it to how we are talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching Canada's History: 2020 Excellence in Teaching Finalists

In this podcast series, Canada’s History spoke with the finalists for the 2020 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching COVID-19

These activities will help students reflect on the coronavirus outbreak, analyze parallels to historic pandemics, and think critically about this moment in history.