The educational programs at Canada’s History continue to support and enrich learners of all ages. Whether through print publications, digital content, or virtual initiatives, we aim to support students and teachers alike in their journeys of researching and sharing the stories of the past.
Kayak issues in high demand
Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids is trusted by teachers and welcomed by students. We tested a new distribution method to reach kids in their classrooms, which was a resounding success.
We printed sixty thousand copies of a newly expanded edition of the special issue “Black History in Canada / L’Histoire des Noirs au Canada.” All copies were reserved within three hours. This special print edition was funded by TD Bank and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
We also increased the press run to one hundred thousand copies for the Kayak special issue “Who Do We Remember…And How? / Se souvenir de qui … et comment?” It was quickly reserved by teachers.
Canada’s History expanded its support to teachers through the Virtual Historical Thinking Institute, held in partnership with the Historical Thinking Project. In 2021-22, for the first time, the institute was held online, with monthly workshops taking place over a period of eight months.
This format provided participants with accessible and ongoing professional-development training, along with opportunities to test new ideas and approaches in their classrooms as they engaged with the material. More than two hundred teachers participated in the program. Facilitators Lindsay Gibson (University of British Columbia) and James Miles (Teachers College, Columbia University) led the English sessions, while Catherine Duquette (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) and Laurie Pageau (Ph.D. candidate, Université Laval) led sessions in French.
Giving youth a voice
This year saw another stage of the national youth program, #OurStoriesOurVoices. Canada’s History challenged youth to share a part of history that mattered to them.
We received more than one hundred submissions — including artwork, poetry, essays, and videos — that shared community history from across Canada.
The contest winners will participate in a series of workshops this summer, and their work will be featured in a special publication for youth in the fall of 2022.