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2002 Governor General's Award for excellence in teaching Canadian history: the search is on!

Canada's National History Society (CNHS) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. We are searching for outstanding teachers of Canadian History.

Six Recipients Awarded $2500!

New this year, six recipients will be awarded $2,500, a medal and an all-expense paid trip to Ottawa for two. Recipients and guests are invited to attend the Award ceremony and presentation by Her Excellency, Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada.

Six Schools Share in the Winnings!

An additional $1,000 is awarded to the recipients' schools, broadening the reach of the Award.

Who Can Apply?

The Governor General's Award is open to all elementary, middle and secondary school teachers provided that their work features Canadian content with an explicitly historical dimension. Teachers can present themselves or a group, or be nominated by a student, parent or colleague.

Free Lesson Plans and Posters!

There are many great teachers in the trenches and we are committed to seeking them out and sharing their expertise. To that end, CNHS publishes finalist lesson plans and submission descriptions on its web site: Just click on the Governor General's award link and select a year. This year, the nomination poster Government in Canada features an organizational chart of federal and provincial parliament. Contact us at to order a copy.

Submit a Nomination Today!

We urge you to be involved in the Award program. Encourage a colleague or nominate yourself. It's a good excuse to update a professional portfolio and take stock of accomplishments over the years. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2002.


Canada's National History Society acknowledges the generous support of Hudson's Bay History Foundation and Bell Canada.


The Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History celebrates and rewards the efforts of outstanding educators who contribute to making Canadian history accessible to all students.

Funded by Canada's National History Society (CNHS), publisher of the Beaver Magazine, the program is designed to promote Canadian History and make Canadians more aware and appreciative of their past.

The CNHS invites nominees to submit a brief description of their submission or area of specialization for posting on its Web site: As well, selected finalist lesson plans are posted and published in a newsletter.

The purpose of the award is two-fold. Firstly, it celebrates and rewards the efforts of outstanding educators who contribute to making Canadian history accessible to all students.

Secondly, the Award encourages and promotes the sharing of great history teaching ideas.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators can source information as specific as the history of Gaspe fishing or as precious as student-documented native tales.

The Award program truly offers something for everyone.
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