It Starts Here: Black Histories Research Guide at the Archives of Ontario
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by Laura Madokoro
1w ago
“Levi Veney, ex-slave who lived in Amherstburg, Ontario. Taken at J. D. Burkes’ general store,” ca. 1898. Alvin D. McCurdy fonds. Reference Code: F 2076-16-3-5. Archives of Ontario. I0024830. This is the final instalment in a three-part series on the use of content warnings in classrooms, archives, and museums. You can read the first instalment here and the second instalment here. Melissa J. Nelson & Natasha Henry-Dixon   Melissa J. Nelson : Making Description Remediation Visible The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archive in Canada. However, many of our records were c ..read more
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When Class Content Gives the Professor Nightmares, It Might be Time for a Warning
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by Laura Madokoro
1w ago
Photo by Fernando Arcos, public domain, https://www.pexels.com/photo/white-caution-cone-on-keyboard-211151/ This is the second in a three-part series on the use of content warnings in classrooms, archives, and museums. You can read the first entry here.  Erica L. Fraser Looking back, I probably began using content warnings for students after giving myself night terrors from reading the memoir of a Holocaust survivor as class prep. I was on an evening train back to Ottawa after winter break. I was tired, trying to anticipate how students in a new class on the topic would respond to Ruth ..read more
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Trauma-Informed Teaching: Creating Classrooms that support Learning
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by Laura Madokoro
1w ago
In recent years, teachers and heritage professionals have wrestled with the question of when and how to provide alerts about materials that students or users might find difficult to navigate. This is the first in a three-part Active History series on the subject of content warnings that elaborates the crucial processes and approaches that inform this work. Source: Students in a classroom at Carleton University, 1961. National Film Board. Phototheque. 1971-271, TCS 01186, Library and Archives Canada. Jo McCutcheon …to foster an optimal learning environment, we need to pay attention to emotion ..read more
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Call for Contributors
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by Daniel Ross
3w ago
Join us in building the Active History project! ActiveHistory.ca invites propositions for blog posts, thematic series, and other contributions that highlight new research and histories that matter today. We welcome proposals from all historians, whether they work in institutions or in the community, who would like to expand the audience for their work while presenting it in an accessible format. We are particularly interested in recruiting for the following three roles: Contributing editors Are you an ActiveHistory.ca reader or contributor who wants to try their hand at editing for the site? T ..read more
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Thinking Historically About a Generation of Canadian Offshore Schools
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by Laura Madokoro
1M ago
Photo courtesy of the author who is shown teaching Geography 12, an accredited British Columbia curriculum course, to Chinese students in China on the Pacific coast. Ian Alexander This is the fourth entry in a monthly series on Thinking Historically. See the Introduction here. In the 1990s a confluence of social, economic, and political conditions created a market for international education to expand in a multitude of ways around the globe. For those in communities across Canada, the internationalization of education has been most visible in the increase in international students in Canadia ..read more
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When the Press Had Bite: Thunder Bay’s The Black Fly
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by Carly Ciufo
1M ago
Gary Genosko As a cultural figure, the black fly is associated with Canadian folk singer and songwriter Wade Hemsworth who composed The Blackfly Song in 1949. Just as Hemsworth described the bloodthirsty fly’s ‘picking his bones’ while working on a survey crew in northern Ontario, the newspaper I discuss in this article promoted itself as having similar irritating attributes, but with a social and political focus. A Northwestern Ontario (NWO) radical citizen’s newspaper, The Black Fly was published in Thunder Bay over the course of only a few years. With a rotating cadre of staffers every mont ..read more
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What is Good Citizenship? Perspectives from Former Air Cadets of Diverse Identities
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by Laura Madokoro
1M ago
These green doors mark the cadet entrance of 330 Danforth Tech Air Cadet Squadron, housed in Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, a secondary school in Toronto, Ontario. Originally an Army Cadet Corps, cadets have paraded at this location since 1940. Photo courtesy of author. This is the fourth entry in a monthly series on Thinking Historically. See the Introduction here. Rebecca Evans  Our conceptions about good citizenship vary. Context, particularly space and time, matter. In citizenship education, young people participate and deepen their understanding of how to make ch ..read more
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No One Killed Canadian History. It is time to move on
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by Tom Peace
2M ago
By Thomas Peace As we welcome 2024, it is time for Canadian historians to turn over a new leaf. The end of 2023 brought echoes of 2003. As the year wound to a close, some of our colleagues – mostly working outside of the university – began to pile on as they celebrated 25 years since Jack Granatstein published Who Killed Canadian History, a divisive book that shaped the so-called History Wars of the late-1990s and 2000s. It was no coincidence that this series was put together by The Hub, an online news site that promises an optimistic approach to news and analysis that will strengthen the Cana ..read more
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11th Annual(?) Year in Review (100 Years Later)
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by Sean Graham
2M ago
By Aaron Boyes and Sean Graham We offer our two cents on the major events of 1923. Let us know what you think in the comments We ask ourselves this question every year: how has another year passed and we get to write this 100 Years Later Year in Review? And, more importantly, why do the good people at ActiveHistory.ca continue to allow us to do it? This annual tradition is something that we look forward to completing every year, especially the consumption of Rainbow Chips Ahoy (brain food). Much like in past editions of this bracket (you can find links to the previous years at the bottom of ..read more
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Thinking Historically about Sexuality, Gender, and the Implications of “Safety”
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by Sara Wilmshurst
2M ago
The title page of Woman and Her Secret Passions (MC 4516 James Waddell family fonds); photo taken at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB). Gemma Marr “The luxurious habits of civilized life lead to many excesses. Those of gluttony and hard drinking have been sufficiently commented upon. Tracts and newspapers showing the fatal results of intoxication, surround us on all hands. But an evil more destructive than any of these has received, comparatively, but little attention. It is time that the warning was given, and that the trumpet was blown within the hearing of every young perso ..read more
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