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SJR teacher wins Governor General's Award

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A Winnipeg man has been named a 2013 recipient of the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Matt Henderson, a teacher at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, is one of six people from across the country to earn the recognition.

Henderson claimed the honour for his work in Aboriginal affairs, specifically his attention into the Idle No More movement in 2012 and how the events of history shaped its progression. With his Grade 11 class of 20 students, Henderson’s guidance led an examination of the key moments in the early fur trade and subsequent government legislation in the following decades.

This work resulted in a published book of short historical fiction stories titled Because of a Hat, a collection based around the development of the Red River region, the rise of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Northwest Company and the birth of a Métis Nation between 1738 and 1869.

By being named one of the top history teachers in Canada, Henderson is expected to receive $2,500, a gold medal and a trip to the awards ceremonies at Rideau Hall in Ottawa later this year.

Deborah Morrison, CEO of Canada’s History Society said the teachers singled out "encourage students to find their place in Canadian history by engaging them with primary sources, new technologies and hands-on learning.

"The Governor General’s Awards are a way to celebrate their exceptional work, while inspiring teachers from all across Canada to share, discuss and adapt creative approaches to teaching history."

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