Exciting New Programs to Support Canada’s History!


On June 11, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced new measures that are designed to encourage Canadians to contemplate and celebrate their history and heritage, especially leading up to Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. As a strong supporter of educating Canadians on our history, I welcome the announcement that our Government is investing $12 million in two important endeavours related to these goals.

The first initiative is the creation of the Government of Canada History Awards. These awards will include a Canadian history essay contest for students in grade 9 and 10 across the country, as well as a Canadian history teaching award.

The second initiative is an expansion of the Memory Project Speakers Bureau, which connects our veterans with classrooms across Canada. The goal is to have a veteran visit every high school in Canada each year to speak on their experiences and teach young Canadians about their important contributions to our country.

Third is reintroducing the Canadian Heritage Minutes. Between now and 2017, the Historica-Dominion Institute will create two new Heritage minutes per year as a way of teaching all Canadians about aspects of our history in an interesting and accessible way.

The final measures being introduced are the expansion of online digital resources about our history, including the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Educating Canadians on their national history is of vital importance. I hope that these new initiatives will instill a sense of pride in Canadian citizens, and particularly in young Canadians, so that our remains relevant and remembered.

To find out more about these and other initiatives by Heritage Canada, please click here.