This January 11th, celebrate our country’s founding father by hosting a Sir John A Day birthday bash in your classroom! As classrooms across Canada celebrate Sir John A Day on January 11, 2012, share how your students marked the birthday and achievements of this critical figure in our nation’s history. Document your event with video* or photographs** to show Canada how your class celebrated Sir John A’s 197th birthday!
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The school year is in full swing and fall is well underway! The Sir John A Day team has had a busy school year and we’re eager to tell you all about it! Registration: We are very excited by the number of teachers and other educators who have signed up on the Sir John A Day website for more information. We’ve also received a few early bird emails asking about registration for the contest. Registration will “officially” open in early November, when all of the members on our sign up list will be sent an email, asking them to confirm their participation in the contest. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information! In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Nation Maker: “No Macdonald and not one of you would have been a Canadian.” Richard Gwyn. On the evening of Tuesday, September 29th, Random House Canada and the Historica-Dominion Institute joined a group of history lovers and friends to … Continue reading
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The Sir John A Macdonald Day Project would like to thank the members of our Advisory Committee for their support in this project:
- Richard Gwyn, Journalist, Writer and Author of John A., The Man Who Made Us.
- Christopher Moore, Journalist, Writer and Author of 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal.
- Brian Osborne, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University.
- Arthur Milnes, Fellow in Political History, Queen’s University Archives, Queen’s University at Kingston. Commissioner for the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission.
- Donna Lusk, Site Manager, Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada, Kingston Ontario.
- Allan Hux, Independent Curriculum and Education Consultant, Curriculum Developer and former History Teacher.
- Jill Colyer, Coordinator, The Historical Thinking Project.
- Annie Lindsay, Grade 7 and 8 Teacher at Pope John Paul II Catholic Elementary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Special Thanks to:
Maps and Images Provided By:
- Library and Archives Canada
- The Glenbow Archives
- The McCord Museum
- The Manitoba Archives
- Rogers Communications
- Canadian Pacific Railway Archives
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- The Historical Atlas of Canada
- Parks Canada
- Ben Hsu