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  • Ian McKay on the Winnipeg General Strike

    Our director, Ian McKay, spoke to the CBC about the Winnipeg General Strike.

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  • Thinking about the Future of the Past

    Maxime Dagenais talks to Brighter World about his and the Wilson Institute’s involvement in a nation-wide 2.5 million dollar SSHRC Partnership Grant initiative.

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  • Call for Proposals: Remembering Peace: Global Perspectives on Commemorating War

    Hosted by the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, this workshop invites papers that blend boundaries between times of war and peace, and that complicate distinctions between battlefront and homefront.

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  • Wilson Visiting Speakers 2019-2020

    Join us for our 2019-20 Visiting Speaker Series as we discuss Race and Racism.

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  • Our New 2019-2021 Wilson Visiting Assistant Professor

    It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to two of our favourite fellows: Julien Mauduit and Heather Green. We will miss you dearly and wish you the best in your future endeavour. However, it is with great pleasure that we welcome our newest fellow: Jodey Nurse!

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  • H.V. Nelles Graduate Award

    A few weeks ago, we awarded our second Viv Nelles Graduate Award! Check out who won!

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  • 2019 Corsini Fellows in Canadian History

    We are happy to announce our 2019 Corsini Fellows in Canadian History: Julia Pyryeskinaand Matthieu Caron!

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The Wilson Institute for Canadian History

Repenser le Canada dans le monde

Il est temps de repenser le Canada.

Et il est temps de repenser l’histoire du Canada; plusieurs de nos vieux récits, vieux héros, vieilles interprétations, ainsi que nos anciennes catégories et questions ne suffisent plus dans un monde en mutation rapide.

Les Canadiens pourront seulement s’engager intelligemment dans le monde du XXIe siècle – avec son système économique mondialisé, ses catastrophes climatiques globales, son anxiété sociale, et ses nombreuses guerres imminentes – par une compréhension complète et critique du passé de leur pays.

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Rethinking Canada in the World

It is time to re-think Canada.

And it is time to rethink Canadian history, for many of our old narratives, old heroes, old understandings, old categories and old questions no longer suffice in a fast-changing world.

Canadians can only engage intelligently with their twenty-first century world – with its globalized economic system, all-encompassing climate catastrophe, staggering social inequities, and many looming wars – with a full, critical grasp of their country’s past.

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The Wilson Institute for Canadian History and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History are supported by a generous donation from the Chancellor, L.R. Red Wilson, and McMaster University.

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