1916 to 2016 – A World of Changes: The Right to Vote, The Right to Fight, The Right to Care

October 21-22, 2016 – Winnipeg, MB

October 21-22, 2016 in Winnipeg Manitoba, The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) in collaboration with The Manitoba History and Social Sciences Teachers’ Association (MSSTA) will be holding the 14th national conference of the teaching and communicating the History of Canada entitled: 1916 – 2016  - A World of Changes: The Right to Vote, The Right to Fight, The Right to Care” This truly unique annual national conference brings awarding winning teachers, leading university professors, authors, individuals from history NGO’s, government and media from every region of Canada together with history and social studies teachers from Manitoba to address issues in teaching Canadian history and to seek better ways to communicate our history to young Canadians. The major themes of this years’ conference include the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Canada as well as Diversity and Citizenship and Aboriginal/First Nations in Canada. The conference will look at the ways teaching might be most effectively taught and will address current issues in communicating history, as well as the relevance of history in our daily lives.  Winnipeg 2016 will bring together over 450 delegates including a delegation of 50 teachers from Social Studies Saskatchewan, members of MSSTA and a selection of English and French speaking leading secondary level teachers from every Canadian province. Additional partner organizations in the conference include Canada’s History, The University of Winnipeg Teachers Institute and Social Studies Saskatchewan. Over 30 national, regional and local organizations have been involved as partners, sponsors and exhibitors in past editions of this conference and will be invited to Winnipeg 2016.  They include government departments and agencies, history organizations, museums, media outlets and many more. The conference will feature keynote speakers, national panel sessions, workshop sessions offered by MSSTA members, as well as teachers and professors from every region of Canada, visits to the Manitoba Museum and Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a learning exhibition featuring resources from publishers, history organizations, multimedia and government agencies and departments.  The conference will also feature a special lunch session, as well as an afternoon workshop hosted by University of Winnipeg Teaching History Summer Institute (THSI) incorporating elements of pedagogy and classroom application for teachers. A sample of some of the sessions on the program include:
  • Suffrage at 100: Understanding the changes in how women’s suffrage has been viewed over time and its place in Canadian History
  • “Following Their Voices” at BLCS (addressing the needs of indigenous students)
  • Citizenship Education
  • Treaty Education
  • Assessing Historical Thinking from the University to the Classroom
  • Empathy, Controversy, and historical thinking
  • Digital History
  • Canada 150
  • Changing perspectives: Sharing in indigenous perspectives with the classroom and the public
  • Teaching diverse perspectives in the classroom
  • Building interprovincial cooperation amongst educators
  • Building a culture of public history in Canada
  • Exploring Hudson’s Bay:  Manitoba’s unique connection to the Hudson’s Bay Company includes a unique archival, physical and written record.
  • Local History and Case Studies in the Classroom
  • A look at Identity, Diversity, French-English Duality and Citizenship in Canada
  • Case Studies and Projects in Teaching Canadian History
  • Canada and the World
  Additional conference information, as well as a preliminary conference program will be posted at www.acs-aec.ca shortly.  Those registering on line at www.acs-aec.ca will receive a confirmation receipt and additional information.  For information concerning becoming a conference exhibitor or advertiser and for any additional questions you may have, please contact James Ondrick at the Association for Canadian Studies Tel (514) 925-3097, e-mail: james.ondrick@acs-aec.ca.  Note that hotel guestrooms are available at the Delta Winnipeg at the conference rate of $149.00- $189.00 – call the Delta Winnipeg at (204) 942-0551 and mention the conference booking code AS1 to book a guest room.  Note that the conference will take place at Kildonan-East Collegiate, 845 Concordia Avenue on Friday October 21 and at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Saturday October 22.  Transportation to and from the Delta Hotel to the school will be provided for delegates on the Friday free of charge.


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