Identities and Engagement

October 17-18, 2013 – Bromont, QC

Building on nine successful national conferences on teaching Canada's history, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) in collaboration with l'Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social AQEUS) will be holding the 10th such conference entitled Identities and Engagement. This French language conference will be held on October 17-18, 2013 at the Chateau Bromont hotel, in Bromont, Quebec. The 2013 edition of the event on the teaching, learning and communication of the history of Canada will address various issues in Canadian history, identity and engagement of students. The theme of identities and commitment is closely linked to the different identities that make up our Canadian society. Thoughts on francophone integration, multiethnicity and research on identity will be a subject discussed at the conference. Identity construction and commitment grows daily in our classes in history and education of citizenship, geography and the contemporary world. Across the disciplines of the history and social sciences, conference sessions will shed light on these different identities and encourage social and/or personal commitment for each of our students. The conference will look at the most effective methods in teaching history, address current issues in communicating history and look at the relevance of history in our daily lives.  The event will bring together teachers and pedagogical consultants from across Quebec, as well from a number of provinces throughout Canada. In addition, many of Quebec?s and Canada?s leading academics and authors as well as researchers and representatives from museums, archives, government, non-governmental organizations and media will be present. The conference will be pertinent to all those interested in issues revolving around the teaching and communicating of Canadian history.  Professors, students, teachers, researchers, civil servants, decision makers and members of non-profit and history related organizations will benefit from the conference sessions, as well as the opportunity to meet and hear experts from across Quebec and Canada. A few of the sessions on the program include:
  • The teaching of the history and relations between Anglophones and Francophones: 50 years of the Royal Commission on bilingualism and Biculturalism
  • The State of teaching of the history of Quebec and Canada
  • Measuring interest in history
  • Teaching the history of the la francophonie canadienne
  • The teaching of war & conflicts
  • Teaching our history in a society in transformation
  • Teaching the history of Quebec and Canada to Anglophones and the place of Anglophones in Quebec history
    • Les jeunes savent sans connaître
    • The History Education Network, The Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Azrieli Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
    • The new Canadian Museum of History and museums as teaching tools
A few of the presenters and conference speakers include:
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada
  • Professor Jocelyn Létourneau, Université Laval
  • Professor David Lefrancois, l’Université du Québec en Outaouais
    • Marc Bissonnette, College Louis Reil, Winnipeg, Manitoba 
    • Professor Marc- André Ethier, Université de Montréal
    • Professor Carol Léonard, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta
    • Professor Diane Gérin Lajoie, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
    • Yves Durocher, Association des Enseignants des Sciences Humaines de l'Ontario 
    • Professor  Christian Laville, Université Laval
      • Professor François Charbonneau, Université d'Ottawa
      • Marie-Hélène Brunet, The History Education Network (THEN/HiER)   
      • Jean-Phillipe Proulx, Canada?s History 
      • Jack Jedwab , Association for Canadian Studies
      • Dr. Peter Macleod, Canadian War Museum
      • Professor Mirela Moldoveanu, Université de Québec à Montréal
      • Professor Paul Zanazanian, McGill University
      • Professor Sabrina Moisan, Université de Sherbooke
      • Tino Bordonaro, Social Studies Consultant, English-Montréal School Board
      • Professor Laura Thompson, Acadia University, Nova Scotia
      • Lisa Leblanc, Canadian Museum of Civilization (The Canadian Museum of History), Gatineau, Québec
For a conference program, to register and for additional information visit or contact James Ondrick at the Association for Canadian Studies Tel (514) 925-3097, e-mail:


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