Teaching History Summer Institute 2015

The University of Winnipeg

2015 University of Winnipeg-Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning
Teaching History Summer Institute:

New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Métis History

July 6-8, 2015

Who are the Métis? A northwestern North American people of mixed European and indigenous ancestry, the Métis advanced from a distinct culture in the Great Lakes region in the seventeenth century to, by the nineteenth century, a nation to be reckoned with in the Red River resistance. From the early fur trade to the bison hunts and the founding of Manitoba, the Métis people have played a foundational role in the history of Manitoba and Canada. Until relatively recently, however, that role remained obscure, as a culturally-rich, economically enterprising, and politically savvy people who helped found a province endured discrimination, forced into “invisible communities” that, like St. Laurent, were only recently recognized as integral Métis settlements. The Métis had become victims of a history that had no place for “half breeds.” Rights historically won were lost, only to be regained after generations of struggle.

The 2015 University of Winnipeg-Manitoba Education Teaching History Summer Institute explores the relationship between the history(s) of Métis peoples and education toward appreciating, understanding, and communicating these perspectives and this history to students and the public. Insights from Métis experiences, oral history, and cutting-edge scholarship will be combined to produce practical and creative strategies for the classroom. The Métis people's history offers a valuable case study for examining the interpretation, representation, and memorialization of history in several different museums. As such, the institute will offer opportunities for teachers to explore Peter Seixas's Big Six historical thinking concepts. This year’s Institute also offers significant curricular connections with relevant themes in Grade 11 Social Studies and Grade 12 Aboriginal Education.

Métis perspectives, history, and historical representation are considered from the point of view of understanding questions of Métis identity, culture, and nationhood from the perspective of contemporary issues, with a regional emphasis that focuses on the Manitoba Métis nation. As 1815 is considered a key historical moment in the emergence of the Métis at Red River as a distinct, collective identity, an identity as a people, as a nation, the timing of this institute is particularly apropos.

This year the Institute is pleased to be in partnership with the Manitoba Museum, the Manitoba Métis Federation, and St. Boniface Museum. As part of this partnership, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning encourages teachers from Grades 5 to 12 to participate in this valuable learning experience.

Location: 223 Bryce Hall, University of Winnipeg
Registration fee: $50.00.
For registration (side bar) and additional information see the THSI website or contact Jason M. Yaremko, Coordinator, 204.786.9353 or

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