A Manitoulin Island teacher is the recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Heather Jefkins’ Grade 3 and 4 students at Assiginack Public School explored the traditional fibre arts of quilting and weaving over the last five months through a project called Weaving Stories and Stitching History.
Students had the opportunity to try quilting, weaving, cross-stitch and embroidery, and helped to prepare raw fleece provided by a local farmer.
By examining history through the lens of textile arts, students investigated the daily lives of early settlers and gained an understanding of the role that material culture plays in transmitting knowledge and preserving history.
For her excellence in producing the program, Jefkins will receive her award as well share her experiences on January 19th for the 12th Canada’s History Forum.