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

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

Doing The Work: The Historian’s Place in Indigenization and Decolonization

My most recent piece is a collaborative post with Skylee-Storm Hogan over at Active History.  The post, "Doing The Work: The Historian's Place in Indigenization and Decolonization", looks at the prevalence of the terms Indigenization and decolonization in recent post-secondary conversations.  It also examines meaningful ways in which historians can decolonize and Indigenize their practices. … Continue reading Doing The Work: The Historian’s Place in Indigenization and Decolonization

Ten Books to Contextualize Reconciliation in Archives, Museums, and Public History

My latest post "Ten Books to Contextualize Reconciliation in Archives, Museums, and Public History" can be seen over at Active History.  The post looks at ten books and articles as a starting point for learning about reconciliation, residential schools and indigenous rights in the context of heritage organizations.

CHA Public History Prize

At this year's Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual meeting Active History was announced as winner of the 2016 Public History Prize. The Public History Prize is sponsored by the  Public History Group of the Canadian Historical Association. The award recognizes work that "achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public … Continue reading CHA Public History Prize