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Governor General's History Awards

November 20, 2017

Governor General’s History Awards to be Presented at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present teachers and other outstanding Canadians with the 2017 Governor General’s History Awards for their efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 11 a.m.

The 22nd Governor General’s History Awards will honour exceptional achievements in five areas: teaching, museums, community programming, scholarly research, and popular media.

The Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Teaching:

• Marc Mailhot and Lynda Brown - Montgomery Village Public School, Orangeville, Ontario
• Janet Ruest - Chemainus Secondary School, Chemainus, British Columbia
• Rob Flosman - Waterdown District High School, Waterdown, Ontario
• Armand Doucet – Riverview High School, Riverview, New Brunswick
• Naomi Fortier-Fréçon and Leia Laing –Multi-school project, Regina, Saskatchewan
• Glen Thielmann - D.P. Todd Secondary School, Prince George, British Columbia

The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!:

• Spirit Lines, The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Governor General’s History Awards for Excellence in Community Programming:

• L’Histoire fait son marché, Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec
• Hodul’eh-a – A Place of Learning gallery, The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre and the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, Prince George, British Columbia

The Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize):

• Sarah Carter, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, for her book Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies (published by University of Manitoba Press, 2016)

The Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award):

• Daniel Francis, North Vancouver, British-Columbia 

In addition, seven national student awards and the Experiences Canada History Award will be presented to the following individuals:

Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge:
• Isaac Landry, Murdochville, Quebec
• Elly Hooker, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Indigenous Arts & Stories:
• Mackenzie Anderson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Alexander Angnaluak, Cold Lake, Alberta
• Julia George, Kuujjuarapik, Quebec
• K. Dawn Martin, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario

Experiences Canada Award:
• Denise Lipscombe, Inuvik, Northwest Territories

About the Governor General’s History Awards
The Governor General’s History Awards were first established in 1996, by Canada’s National History Society, to recognize excellence in teaching Canadian history. Since then the program has expanded. Today, in partnership with Canada’s leading national history organizations, including the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Museums Association, Historica Canada, and Experiences Canada, the History Society recognizes the many different ways history is taught, communicated and celebrated by Canadians.

The Governor General’s History Awards now provide an annual opportunity to bring together museums, community organizations, writers, historians, students, teachers and media producers to celebrate Canadian history and to learn from one another. Since the creation of the awards over 100 recipients have been honoured at the governor general’s official residences at Rideau Hall and at the Citadelle of Québec. For more information about these awards, visit


Media information

To confirm your attendance at the ceremony, please contact:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell) 

To book an interview with the recipients, please contact:
Claude-Sylvie Lemery
Communications Manager
514 433-3405

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