The Program

Congress Event

History under Harper: Federal identity initiatives in Conservative Canada


Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:45 - 10:15


Clearihue Building – A203

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In this open roundtable session, several historians and political scientists discuss in “micro-lecture” format how history and historical events have been marshaled in service of Canadian identity in the Harper years. Examples of the Harper government’s recent historical initiatives include the War of 1812 commemorations, a new stress on military history and attempts to reawaken a sense of Canada’s British connection. At the same time, the Conservatives have recognized historical injustices committed in Canada, as seen, for instance, with the Community Historical Recognition Program and the official apologies for the Chinese head tax and residential schools policies. Do these various foci stand in tension with one another, or are they complementary? Join us in this engaging discussion about the changing contemporary character of Canadian politics, identity and citizenship.

Participants include Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Adam Chapnick, Lyle Dick, Alvin Finkel, Kiera Ladner, Jocelyn Létourneau, Alain Noël, Veronica Strong-Boag, Daniel Weinstock and Reg Whitaker

With funding support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.