Inspiring History

Governor General’s History Awards winners celebrate accomplishments in Ottawa.
Posted January 12, 2024

They come from a variety of regions, backgrounds, and disciplines, but the recipients of the 2023 Governor General’s History Awards are united in their commitment to advancing our understanding of the past. Their innovative work makes history engaging and relevant to the communities they serve.

The 2023 recipients — an impressive group of teachers, historians, storytellers, curators, and community leaders — were honoured at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 22, 2023. In her opening remarks, Governor General Mary Simon commended the recipients, saying, “You are not only inspiring future historians to keep their minds open to all points of view, but you are also inspiring all Canadians to take an interest and an active role in learning our history.” Her Excellency added, “You are creating history lovers.”

The awards, which were established in 1996, recognize excellence in five categories: Teaching, Museums, Community Programming, Scholarly Research, and Popular Media. While in Ottawa, the recipients had the opportunity to present their work and to connect with their fellow laureates at a daylong symposium. The awards provide an opportunity for leaders in history and heritage to network, taking inspiration from each other’s work and building upon their own initiatives.

As a charitable organization, Canada’s History is grateful to all its award supporters, including the Department of Canadian Heritage, Power Corporation of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, and Ecclesiastical Insurance, as well as the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Museums Association. Support for the Governor General’s History Awards helps to inspire excellence in Canadian history, ensuring that the past has a vibrant presence in our schools and communities.


André Boutin-Maloney

Finding Common Ground: A Treaty Walk (& Roll) of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan is an innovative project that evolved into a digital, self-guided walk that explores local history through a Treaty lens.

Pascal Bureau

Pascal Bureau challenged his grade 9 students to design educational and entertaining board games centred around major themes in the history of New France.

Chantal Clabrough

The Westmount High School Memorial Project was a decade-long endeavour to research and commemorate the lives of the school’s alumni who served and died during the Second World War.

Erin Doupe

Erin Doupe led her high-school students through a local history project called The Story of a Soldier, which centred on the experiences of Guelph’s soldiers and their families during the First World War.

Leone Andrea Izzo

The No. 2 Construction Battalion Project delves into the history of the First World War with a specific focus on Canada’s first segregated unit.

Annie Masson

Annie Masson, a sixth-grade teacher, engaged her students in an exploration of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec.

Lianne C. Leddy

Serpent River Resurgence opens with the stories of the lands and waters of Anishinaabek territory, of the great serpent, her radiant eggs, and the lessons to be learned from disturbing them in unsustainable and disrespectful ways.

Adam Bunch

Adam Bunch is a modern storyteller, captivating audiences with Canadian history through a variety of innovative platforms.

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Craft at Risk

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This article originally appeared in the February-March 2024 issue of Canada’s History.

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