How Should the Great War be Remembered?

Your Chance to Weigh In with Canada's Leading Educators, Historians, Community 
Leaders & Museum Curators 
OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - 2014 marks the 100(th) Anniversary of the start 
of the First World War. It was the world's first global conflict and it 
affected every level of society. Over 500 high school students from Victoria 
High School are remembered in the Great War Roll of Honour; the first woman 
officially in the Royal Canadian Navy was a 'nursing sister' from Bruce 
County, Ontario named Elizabeth Pierce; 700 men from the Newfoundland regiment 
were killed or injured during the First World War and children across Canada 
saved their pennies to buy War Savings Stamps. 
Cenotaphs in tribute to these sons, daughters, men and women exist in 
virtually every city and town across the country yet only 2 in 10 Canadians 
attend annual Remembrance Day events in their communities. Teachers and 
community groups are now seizing upon the centennial anniversary to renew 
interest about Canada's role during the Great War and make the distant past 
more relevant for Canadian students. 
Canada's History Forum will bring together over 150 of Canada's leading 
educators, students, community leaders, historians and museum curators to join 
with the Governor General's History Award recipients and critically examine 
leading practices inside the classroom and in community commemorations. The 
theme of this year's 5(th) national history forum is 'How should World War I 
be remembered?" As the First World War fades from public memory, efforts as to 
how to preserve the world's first global conflict as a vibrant part of the 
Canadian historical and cultural landscape will be explored. 
Deborah Morrison, President & CEO of Canada's History Society remarked, "The 
National History Forum plays an important role in fostering a greater 
connection between the history students learn in school, and the presentation 
and commemoration of it in our communities. By hosting this annual 
opportunity to bring teachers, museums, and content creators together we spark 
new ideas and partnerships that will lead to the research and telling of even 
more of Canada's stories." 
Some of this year's presenters include Jonathan Vance, who will discuss how 
Canadian remembrance of this event has changed over time, and Andrew Iarocci 
who will talk about the myths that surround Canada's involvement in the war. 
Melanie Martin, Department of Tourism, Culture & Recreation, Government of 
Newfoundland, will discuss the curriculum program and memorial projects under 
development in Newfoundland to commemorate their role in the Great War; and 
Dean Oliver, Director of Research, Interpretation and Exhibition at the 
Canadian War Museum will discuss new research and findings that address 
aspects of wartime Canada about which we still know very little. 
An initiative of Canada's National History Society, produced with the support 
of the Department of Canadian Heritage and Enbridge Inc., the Forum will also 
feature a special presentation of the National Winners of the Heritage 
Fairs-Young Citizens student video project over the lunch hour. 
This year's event will feature three sessions of an hour and a half in length 
and are structured to encourage questions and dialogue with the audience. 
The event will be held in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. 
It is open to the public and free of charge to attend. The presentations 
will also be broadcast live online. To register for the National Forum on 
Canadian History, and to preview podcasts with our Forum presenters visit the 
education section of www.CanadasHistory.ca 
About Canada's History Society 
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted to 
popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the Governor 
General's History Awards and publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) 
magazine, as well as Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society 
also produces a number of educational and online programs to encourage more 
discovery, celebration, and understanding about our rich history and 
culture. More details can be found at www.CanadasHistory.ca. 
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 
Nicole Harris Maverick Media Solutions Cell: 204-470-4555 
nharris@maverick-media.ca 
Deborah Morrison President & CEO, Canada's History Society Cell: 204-293-1867 
dmorrison@canadashistory.ca 
SOURCE: Canada's History 
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