Exploring the Historical Consciousness of Canadians

What role does the past play in the everyday lives of Canadians? How does history help define individual and collective identities? Is history dead or does it shape Canada's future?


These are some of the questions addressed by Canadians and Their Pasts. Launched in 2006, this project builds on research conducted in Australia, Europe, and the United States on the role of history in people's lives today. Using a massive telephone survey, focus groups, and other research methods, researchers in the project probe the historical consciousness of Canadians in an effort to understand their general interest in and understanding of the past; the activities related to the past in which they participate; and which sources of historical information they trust. The results are published in a book : Canadians and Their Pasts, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2013, 248 p.


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With its headquarters at Université de Laval in Quebec City, the project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by contributions from the six Canadian universities and fifteen community partners involved in the research.