MONTREAL, March 13, 2018 - In all, 192 students from across the country are sharing scholarships worth 200,000 $ awarded as part of the 2017 Government of Canada History Awards.
Offered for the fourth consecutive year, these prizes aim to recognize the exceptional work of university students: those in history for the importance of their research on Canadian history or those in teaching for the originality of a teaching activity of Canadian history.
These prizes also recognize the work of Secondary IV and V students as well as those of the Cégep who, through their writings, have shown an interest in great moments in Canadian history. In total, more than 800 presentations from students from across the country were received. Students from Quebec and those from the greater Montreal area stood out with a total of 23 recipients in both categories.
"I would like to congratulate the winners of the Government of Canada History Awards and to thank all participants," said the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Our government is committed to encouraging Canadians, especially young people, to learn more about the country's rich history, and we are proud to support the excellent work of the Canadian History Society through the History Fund. from Canada. "
In the universities category, the 2017 Government of Canada Awards recognize 20 students who are awarded a scholarship of 2000 $ - amount distributed among the partners of the same selected team, as the case may be. Masters students were required to submit an original essay on Canadian history based on their program or area of research. Teaching students, for their part, had to offer an original activity in teaching Canadian history. The texts, of at most 2000 words, were analyzed according to the following criteria: the quality of the writing, historical reflection, innovation, diversity and Indigenous Peoples. The winners were selected by an independent jury from the history teaching community.
Category: secondary schools
In the secondary schools (and Cégep) category, the 2017 Government of Canada Prizes are awarded to 172 students who receive a scholarship of 1000 $ - amount distributed among the partners of the same team selected, as the case may be. Students had to submit an original writing of no more than 1000 words in the form of an essay, historical fiction or digital content. These texts had to address one of the following themes: reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the First World War, Expo 67, Canadian identity or even the development of a new national historic site. The work had to demonstrate original research, historical analysis, a good knowledge of the subject and a capacity for critical reflection. The winners were selected by an independent jury from the history education community.
To learn more about the winners, visit prixhistoire.ca.
About the Government of Canada History Awards
The Government of Canada History Awards were created in 2013. Their objective is to bring young people closer to their history by highlighting the exceptional work of students who are interested in great moments in Canadian history. The Awards are administered by the Société Histoire Canada.
About the Société Histoire Canada
The Canadian History Society is a national charitable organization whose mandate is to popularize Canadian history, primarily through its publishing, education and recognition programs. In addition to presenting the Government of Canada History Prizes and publishing Canada's History as well as Kayaking: Navigating Canadian History, the Society produces many educational programs to promote discovery and understanding of our common culture and history.