In the last month I have been privileged to attend the Fort Garry Lectures in Winnipeg and the Canadian Historical Association’s (CHA) Annual Meeting at Brock University in St. Catharines. I also started my summer internship in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in Gatineau.
The Fort Garry Lectures hosted by the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba took place May 1-3. It was the first time I presented a paper at a conference and was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My paper was the final one before the Keynote speaker on the last day which meant I was stressing the entire time I was there. However, the presentation went off without a hitch and people even had questions for which I had answers! I was fortunate to have a lovely roomie that loved museums as much as me! We got lost on the transit system, were accosted by homeless people with $3000 in their pocket (allegedly), and took #itweetmuseums selfies. My seasoned professional conference goer roommate did a fantastic job presenting her paper and was helpful in calming me down before my presentation. One suggestion for those that haven’t presented at a conference before: like I have, choose good travel buddies (your best friend may not be the best choice!)
The Canadian Historical Association’s Annual Meeting takes place every year as part of the Congress of Arts and Humanities. This year it was held in St. Catharines at Brock University. The main reason I attended is because I was chosen as the CHA Graduate Student Committee’s (GSC) English language blogger for the event. The GSC began this initiative last year in order to share with those graduate students who could not attend as well as those unsure why it would be beneficial to them and provide some graduate student insight. I posted 5 blogs on the GSC blog, if you want to see what I thought about the conference click here! I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to attend the conference as well as do what I love- blog!
A summer internship is a requirement of my MA in Public History program. I very gladly and quickly accepted the offer to intern at AANDC under Jean-Pierre Morin, historian, in the Treaties and Governance section of the AANDC. My main task is to work on commemorative activities and initiatives that will raise awareness of Aboriginal Peoples’ involvement in the World Wars. Internship updates coming soon, in the meantime these photos should give you a taste of my internship so far.