About 300 high-school students and their teachers — along with a small army of judges — debated, discussed and dissected history for the third annual National Capital History Day today. They truly brought history alive.
National Capital History Day 2016 is now a thing of the past. Photo by Jana Chytilova, National Capital History Day.
Using digital tools, dramatic presentations, documentary film, photographs and the power of the written word, students in Grades 9-12 showcased original projects that tackled diverse topics focusing on everything from Vikings to suffragettes to indigenous history.
Students also heard a moving keynote address from Ry Moran, the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
, and received a special greeting from abroad from CBC foreign correspondent Nahlah Ayed
National Capital History Day also featured interactive history workshops for students on everything from Tudor table manners and swordfighting to the historians who work on history-based video games such as Assassin’s Creed. A “Hall of History” featured museums, archives and other businesses that included The Vimy Foundation, Ottawa Museum Network, Upper Canada Village, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Walking Tours, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Fulbright Canada/EducationUSA.
Sixteen schools from across the Ottawa region took part in this year’s contest at Carleton University. And there was a special guest to wrap up the awards ceremony at the end of the day — Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented the National Capital History Day Trophy to the winning school, Canterbury High School.
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