In reflecting on the theme “Giving the Future a Past,” the authors of the articles you are about to read touch on many of the issues that have preoccupied Canadian historians over the past decades. How can we convince students that history is as relevant as computer science? How can we prevent history as a discipline from being lost in the fog of an integrated and streamlined social sciences curriculum? How can we present a coherent account of Canadian history while at the same time giving fair representation to the many different histories experienced by Canada’s diverse population? And, at the end of the day, how can we teach history in a way that does not put students to sleep?
Contributors: Ken Osborne, Jocelyn Letourneau, Chad Gaffield, Audrey Kobayashi, Hector Mackenzie, Michele Dagenais, Jack Jedwab, P.E. Bryden, Thomas S. Axworthy, Serge Jaumain, Walter Baslyk