June 14, 2021

Exposing a National Crime: A Reflection from Defining Moments Canada

Since the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc community announced the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, we have reflected on the deeply troublesome history of the Canadian settler state. As an organization, the team at Defining Moments Canada has also taken this time to better understand our complicity and perpetuation … Continue reading →

June 8, 2021

Making History a Communal Experience

There is an anecdote often heard in the United States, and attributed to a legendary politician from Boston, Tip O’Neil. “All politics,” he’d say, “is local.” Politics is always present in our day-to-day lives in some form or fashion. We are permitted to do certain things and prohibited from doing others. It is the proverbial … Continue reading →

June 7, 2021

Thinking Curatorial about Herzberg50

By: Dr. Madeleine Mant Gerhard Herzberg was a celebrated Canadian scientist, who won the 1971 Nobel Prize for Chemistry “for his contributions to the knowledge of electronic structure and geometry of molecules, particularly free radicals” (Nobel, 2021). He excelled in the fields of chemistry, physics, and astronomy, served as the Principal Research Officer and Director … Continue reading →

May 31, 2021

Curatorial Thinking Webinar

Defining Moments Canada was thrilled to lead a webinar, hosted by OHASSTA, for teachers across Canada. To participate in a collaborative Summer Writing Project utilizing Curatorial Thinking, click here. Our team is grateful for the participation of all of our fantastic collaborators who shared their insights, experiences, and expertise with all the attendees: Madeleine Mant, University … Continue reading →

May 31, 2021

Call for Teachers: Curatorial Thinking Summer Writing Project

Defining Moments Canada is seeking Canadian educators to collaborate with our team on a pedagogical summer writing project. The goal of the project is to create a series of lesson resources and plans which use the curatorial thinking framework in a variety of transdisciplinary applications. These resources would be adaptable for use in synchronous, hybrid, or … Continue reading →

May 4, 2021

Announcing Herzberg50 and NobelCanadian

Download PDF Press Release TORONTO, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada, a heritage education organization, announced today its partnership with the Government of Canada (through Canadian Heritage and the National Research Council of Canada NRC), the University of Saskatchewan, and Esri Canada to lead a national commemorative project this year honouring the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize in … Continue reading →

April 13, 2021

Success Has Many Parents: J.B. Collip’s Role in the Discovery of Insulin

If there is one moment when the Toronto researchers can be said to have discovered insulin, it would be late on the night of January 19, 1922, when biochemist J.B. Collip watched a relatively pure white substance precipitate out of solution. As a colleague put it years later: “Collip then actually saw insulin.”[1] The goal … Continue reading →

March 18, 2021

Historical Impact: How the Past Can Shape Us

There are moments in your life when history finds you; you do not find it. This was especially true for me at a young age. In fact, without history, I may not be here today. In the summer of 1988, I was a mere seven-year-old boy. By that point in my life, I had been … Continue reading →

March 4, 2021


As part of the Insulin100 commemorative initiative, Defining Moments Canada is sharing the stories of Canadians who are the living embodiments of the legacy of insulin through their individual patient narratives, experiences at summer camp, and diabetes community stories. Download PDF Press Release TORONTO, Mar. 4 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada … Continue reading →

February 25, 2021

Animals in the Lab

“On that same day, Dog #410 was the first to receive an injection of the pancreatic extract. After being given four cubic centimetres (cc) of the extract, the diabetic dog’s blood sugar percentage level fell from .20 to .12 within an hour. Based on tests of thirty non-diabetic dogs Banting and Best worked with, the … Continue reading →