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What’s in a Name? The Debate over Public Commemorations in Canada

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This presentation is organized by the Historical Thinking Summer Institute

This fascinating conversation between historians and educators is sure to provide food for thought regarding controversial commemorations in Canada’s past.

Throughout the last year, Canadian history was centre stage as controversies about commemoration have fuelled public discussion. In addition to debates about Canada 150, there have been impassioned arguments about the removal of statues and the renaming of schools and public buildings honouring Hector Langevin, Egerton Ryerson, Joseph Trutch, Nicholas Flood Davin, Mathew Baillie Begbie, Edward Cornwallis, and even Sir John A. Macdonald.

In this panel discussion, historians and history educators share their thoughts about recent controversies surrounding public commemoration in Canada, along with questions and issues to be considered when making decisions about marking the past.

This presentation is offered in French and English, with simultaneous translation into both official languages.

Photo: Adwo

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