How and When to Invite Indigenous Speakers to the Classroom

Group sitting in a circle of chairs outside

My latest post, "How and When to Invite Indigenous Speakers to the Classroom" written with Skylee-Storm Hogan and Andrea Eidinger can be seen over at Activehistory.ca This post is part of a new  Beyond the Lecture mini-series, specifically dedicated to the issue of teaching Indigenous history and the inclusion of Indigenous content in the classroom.  … Continue reading How and When to Invite Indigenous Speakers to the Classroom

Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register

Cover of a green clerks fee book

My latest post, "Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register" can be found over at Activehistory.ca.   This piece explores the recent discoveru a "Clerk's Fee Book" that had been re-purposed as a Shingwauk Residential School student register from 1930-1941.  This find by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre staff provides new information about the students who attended … Continue reading Unexpected Archival Finds: Shingwauk Student Register

Active History Museums Theme Week

Active History Museum Theme Week poster

Carly Cuifo and I are organizing an Active History theme week about museums! I am super excited about this upcoming series of blog posts and thrilled with the responses we have received so far. Details about the theme week are below: Active History is organizing a 2019 theme week around museums and museums practice.  Modeled … Continue reading Active History Museums Theme Week

Historical Practice and Media Engagement

Newspaper boxes

My latest post on "Historical Practice and Media Engagement" can be seen over on the Activehistory.ca website.  This post was inspired by the numerous media interviews I've done since August in promotion of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition.   It provides a look at some of my strategies for preparing for media interviews and discusses the … Continue reading Historical Practice and Media Engagement

Colonialism, Maple Syrup, and Ways of Knowing

Four bottles of maple syrup

My most recent piece "Colonialism, Maple Syrup, and Ways of Knowing" can be seen over on Activehistory.ca.  The post looks at the intersection of maple syrup, national identity, appropriation, and Indigenous knowledge.  The post is definitely just a first look at maple syrup and colonialism, and I would really suggest folks check out the further … Continue reading Colonialism, Maple Syrup, and Ways of Knowing

Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

Today Active History announced "Beyond the Lecture" a new monthly series dedicated to renewed dialogue about best practices for teaching Canadian history at the post-secondary level.  This series is edited by Andrea Eidinger and I and is open to submissions. How do you approach Canadian history in the classroom? Do you use digital history, public … Continue reading Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History

Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums

Two storey stone house with walkway and lawn in front.

My latest post can be read over at Activehistory.ca.  The post, "Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums," discusses using Anarchist Tags in the public history classroom as a way to teach critical thinking skills about heritage spaces and allow students to interact with heritage sites in a new way.  Using the tags was a … Continue reading Interpretation, Interaction, and Critique at House Museums

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

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

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