Active History Archives Theme Week

I'm overjoyed by how the Active History Archives Theme Week has come together.  This week emerged after the 'secret archives' new story and the subsequent response from the archival community.  The goal of the theme week is to foster discussion between archivists and historians.  Posts in the week tackle issues of archival labour, how private … Continue reading Active History Archives Theme Week

Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History

My latest piece "Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre" was recently published in Education Forum the magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). The article discusses the history of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), the importance of shifting the historical narrative to the Survivor point … Continue reading Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History

Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site

The third peice I wrote last year for Canada's History is now up on their re-designed website.  My piece on "Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site" talks briefly about the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, the range of historic site tours provided by the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, … Continue reading Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site

Historian’s Histories Interview

I was recently interviewed as part of the Historian's Histories series on the fantastic Unwritten Histories site. I am extremly greatful for the work that Andrea Eidinger does through her site and delighted to have been asked to particiapte in her interview series.  I talk about my history roots, my love for public history, and … Continue reading Historian’s Histories Interview

Archives As Activism

My latest post on "Archives As Activism" can be seen over on Active History. The post explores the connection of archives, activism, and community. It discusses the idea that archives can disrupt social norms by collecting and archiving the work of those outside of mainstream society.  The piece also dives into examples of Canadian archives … Continue reading Archives As Activism

Who Was Brian Vallée?

Last year I wrote a few posts for Canada's History education section on their website. However because of website revamps some of that content was delayed in getting posted.  My second piece "Who was Brian Vallée?" is now available on their site. This piece talks about Brian Vallée as an award winning author, journalist, film … Continue reading Who Was Brian Vallée?

Rapport Active History Interviews

My Active History colleague Daniel Ross and I were recently e-interviewed by Risa Gluskin for Rapport the Ontario History & Social Sciences Teachers' Association blog.  Our interviews are part of Rapport's Doing History series which profiles "people working in the area of history but not necessarily as history teachers." The interview with Daniel looks at … Continue reading Rapport Active History Interviews

Teaching the Legacy of the Sixties Scoop and Addressing Ongoing Child Welfare Inequality in the Classroom

My latest post "Teaching the Legacy of the Sixties Scoop and Addressing Ongoing Child Welfare Inequality in the Classroom" can be found on Active History. This post look at the connection between colonialism, the residential school era and the sixties scoop.  It also discusses ways in which historians and educators can incorporate sixties scoop history … Continue reading Teaching the Legacy of the Sixties Scoop and Addressing Ongoing Child Welfare Inequality in the Classroom

Writing, Editing, and Imposter Syndrome

Last fall I was struggling to submit an article I had been working on for over a year.  The paper had already undergone significant revision based on feedback including a complete overhaul of its central argument and structure.  The article was at the point where I had been tweaking it for months.  I kept reading … Continue reading Writing, Editing, and Imposter Syndrome