TORONTO—September 28, 2011—The Historica-Dominion Institute unveiled its newest youth-focused heritage project, Sir John A Day, at a book launch for Christopher Moore’s biography Nation Maker today. The Sir John A Day Project is committed to raising awareness about the life and legacy of Canada’s Father of Confederation and first prime minister by asking students across Canada to throw the ultimate birthday bash in Sir John A’s honour on January 11. The Sir John A Day website offers a series of videos (narrated by Christopher Moore), about Sir John A’s life and role in Confederation, as well as an interactive timeline and a collection of classroom-ready learning tools and activities.
“Sir John A MacDonald’s birthday is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about a defining figure in our history” said Project Manager, Jill Paterson, “John A was so many things—charming, controversial, and central to the birth of Canada. We want to see that legacy studied and celebrated in classrooms.”
While a key figure in the creation of this country, few Canadians know much about the life and time of the “man who made us”. By putting a call out to teachers and students across the country, the Sir John A Day Project aims to restore Sir John A. Macdonald to the place that he deserves in Canadian history and consciousness. In 2001, the Canadian Government officially declared January 11 as Sir John A. Macdonald Day and in 2015 the nation will celebrate his 200th birthday. This January 11, join the Sir John A Day team and schools from coast to coast to coast in a celebration of our first prime minister’s many accomplishments – and his birthday!
The Sir John A Day project is made possible by a contribution from the Government of Canada through the Celebrations and Commemorations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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Jill Paterson, Project Manager