“Difficult histories” are “historical narratives and other forms (learning standards, curricular frameworks) that incorporate contested, painful and/or violent events into regional, national or global accounts of the past” (Epstein & Peck, 2018, p. 1). Over the past several years, calls to examine the legacies of people and events in Canada’s past have gained increased awareness in the public eye, including in curricula and schools. In the third session of the DEHR Antiracism and Antioppression Speaker Series, Dr. Carla Peck will explore why teaching and learning difficult histories is among the most complicated and necessary concerns for history education, particularly for developing justice-oriented citizens. If Canada is to protect, maintain, and grow its status as a healthy democracy, it requires a well-educated, engaged citizenry with the capacity to critically engage with such issues.
This is the third in a series of webinars that will be offered during the 2020-21 school year to provide teachers with pedagogical and leadership professional development related to Antiracism and Antioppression Education. All webinars will be recorded and will be made available as video, audio, and text files for you to access at your convenience. If you have any questions about this series, please email Dan Grassick, the ATA's Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) lead at firstname.lastname@example.org.