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Giving Back

For 10 years Know History has worked to capture many of the unique stories that make up our past, inform our present, and inspire the future. As we consider ongoing efforts to decolonize the how and why we work, it is a top priority to ensure that when we give back to the community, it’s not only impactful, but also effective. We accomplish this goal through thought leadership, scholarships, pro bono projects, and monetary donations.

Each September we will release a new report highlighting our impact over the past year.

Giving Statistics

Statistics

$107025
Total donations
Sept 2020 - Sept 2021
$29422
Value of pro-bono hours
Donated to Indigenous history projects
2950
People registered
For free educational webinars
1500
Hours of paid professional development
For our team

Organizations Supported This Year

Water First

Water First

At any given time, there are more than 100 First Nations communities across Canada under drinking water advisories. We are committed to raising funds and awareness to support the need for clean drinking water on reserves. This March, we sent hundreds of reusable water bottles to participants across the country. Every time someone re-fills and scans their water bottle, Know History donates $1.00 to Water First, Canada’s leading charitable organization working with Indigenous communities to resolve local water challenges. We have pledged to donate $10,000 this year, every penny of which will go directly to Water First.
Know Indigenous History Scholarship

Know Indigenous History Scholarship

This year Know History established a $50,000 endowment at Carleton University to create a scholarship that will be awarded annually to an Indigenous student entering a Master’s degree program in either the Department of History or the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. We have committed to increasing the endowment each year until it covers the full cost of an Indigenous student’s tuition. We see this scholarship as a practical way that Know History can provide space and support for Indigenous scholars, and therefore contribute to decolonizing the field of history.
Auntie Up!

Auntie Up!

We are very proud to sponsor Auntie Up!, a podcast created by Tanya Talaga of Makwa Creative that celebrates Indigenous women. The series highlights Indigenous leaders and discusses a range of important topics, from water rights to beading as a political statement. Know History provided $35,000 in financial support and we are currently providing additional pro-bono research on podcast topics.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival

This summer we were proud supporters of the 2021 Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. Know History sponsored the Traditional Knowledge Segments, in which Indigenous speakers and community leaders shared stories and knowledge during the Pow Wow and Family Cultural Connections Program. The SSIF’s goal to support the decolonization of history aligns with our mandate to provide a platform for sharing Indigenous history and honouring traditional knowledge keepers.
Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving

In December, we undertook a very personal charitable giving campaign. We asked our team to nominate local families who were facing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Know History donated $5,000, which was distributed to nine families. These donations were made without fanfare and families received a cheque that they could use however they saw fit.
Movember

Movember

In November, our staff participated in a Movember fundraiser to raise money and awareness about suicide, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer, three of the leading causes of death among young men. Know History provided $2,500 in matching funds and together the entire team raised $8,500.
BC Heritage Fair

BC Heritage Fair

This marked our second year as sponsors of the British Columbia Heritage Fair. Heritage Fairs is a nation-wide, bilingual educational initiative that encourages students to explore Canadian heritage through a medium of their choice, and tell stories about Canadian heroes, innovators, sacrifices, and tragedies. Heritage Fairs offer an opportunity for youth to learn about Canada’s past in a dynamic, hands-on environment.
2020 Orange Shirt Day

2020 Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, 2020, our team wore orange to honour and remember residential school students, survivors, and their loved ones. In support of Orange Shirt Day, the Know History team made a donation to the Legacy of Hope Foundation. We will continue to support this movement in 2021 and are currently supporting the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation as they prepare for Truth and Reconciliation Week.

Pro-Bono Projects

Every year we provide hundreds of hours of pro-bono research services to support communities as they undertake important heritage projects.

Kahnawà:ke Oral History Project

Kahnawà:ke Oral History Project

We are very proud to partner with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center to gather, record, and share the oral histories of Kahnawà:ke elders. This community driven project is designed to preserve and present an essential part of the cultural heritage of Kahnawà:ke to community youth, including the knowledge, wisdom, and sources of identity that are contained in the life stories of elder’s remembrances of families, the land, and community life.
1881 Nisga’a Delegation Research

1881 Nisga’a Delegation Research

Know History conducted archival research for a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation who was interested in learning about written historic records related to the 1881 Nisga’a Delegation. In April 1881, the delegation made the long journey to Victoria to protest ongoing issues between the provincial government and Indigenous peoples living along the Nass River in British Columbia. Our project team identified a variety of archival sources related to both the protests and the events leading up to them.

Highlighted Projects

In addition to contributing to communities through our donations and pro-bono work, we are honoured to work on projects that preserve and share important stories about Canada’s past. Below are a few of the most impactful projects we worked on this year:

Inuit Oral History of the Franklin Expedition, Parks Canada

Inuit Oral History of the Franklin Expedition, Parks Canada

Since 2018, we have worked with Inuit knowledge holders and community leaders in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut to showcase and celebrate Inuit stories, both contemporary and historical, about the Franklin Expedition, and knowledge of the land, sea, and ice where the wrecks of HMS Erebus and Terror were found. The project encompassed community consultation, oral history interviews, archival research, image research, photography, and writing. The research will be showcased in a 30,000-word book published by Parks Canada, an online website, and an exhibition at the Nattilik Heritage Center in Gjoa Haven. All of the research, including interview recordings, will be stored at the Nattilik for future use in any other projects the community chooses to take on.
LGBTQ Purge Oral History

LGBTQ Purge Oral History

Beginning during the Cold War, the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and the federal public service followed a systematic policy of identifying and eliminating LGBTQ members from their workforce. Know History has been working with SandBay Entertainment and the LGBT Purge Fund to interview Canadian LGBTQ2 Purge survivors for the Survivor Stories series. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all interviews were conducted virtually. You can view the oral history interviews here. [https://lgbtpurgefund.com/survivor-stories-launches-on-youtube/]

Outreach

An Introduction to Oral History - Historical Calgary Week

An Introduction to Oral History - Historical Calgary Week

This year, Know History hosted “An Introduction to Oral History: A Practical Demonstration,” as part of Historic Calgary Week. This workshop offered attendees the chance to learn about the basics of oral history from our experienced historians. Our team demonstrated the application of oral history theory and foundational elements through a mock interview.
Know History Webinar Series

Know History Webinar Series

Know History’s webinar series was created as part of our ongoing response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Specifically, the series addresses Call to Action 92, which urges corporations to educate management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples. Our webinars are offered to the public and designed in partnership with Indigenous educators, leaders, and activists. The following topics were addressed in our first two webinars:
An Introduction to Canadian Residential Schools

An Introduction to Canadian Residential Schools

July’s webinar offered an introduction to the history of the residential school system in Canada, including its origins, policies, and impacts. Over 2,000 people registered for the presentation, which focused on the history of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario. The presentation was given by Elder Rick Hill of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River; Dr. Alison Norman, a Senior Historian at Know History; and Ryan Shackleton, Know History’s Director.
Renaming and Reconciliation

Renaming and Reconciliation

July’s webinar offered an introduction to the history of the residential school system in Canada, including its origins, policies, and impacts. Over 2,000 people registered for the presentation, which focused on the history of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario. The presentation was given by Elder Rick Hill of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River; Dr. Alison Norman, a Senior Historian at Know History; and Ryan Shackleton, Know History’s Director.