May 29, 2020

Syndemics and Health

Merrill Singer is a medical anthropologist and emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in environmental health and infectious diseases, and coined the term “syndemics” in 1992. He generously provided this backgrounder for Defining Moments Canada.  WHAT ARE SYNDEMICS? Syndemic is a concept used among public health, health social science, and … Continue reading →

May 26, 2020

Beyond the ridge: Soldiers, nurses, and the 1918-19 Flu Pandemic

From the Vimy Foundation: Beyond the Ridge, a series of conversations in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, brings together Vimy Foundation program alumni and expert academics to examine knowledge of the First World War and how it relates to the Canadian experience today.  The first instalment of this limited series, in collaboration with … Continue reading →

May 5, 2020

VEDay75 – A Commemorative Webinar

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our historian roundtable and resource discussion today. We were thrilled to have so many Canadians participate, share their stories, and ask questions. A recording of the webinar is posted below, and we’ve shared links to all of the resources as well. If you’re interested in further information, please … Continue reading →

April 30, 2020

75 Years of Liberation in the Netherlands

Reflections of a Canadian Soldier As we approach Remembrance and Liberation Day in The Netherlands on the 4th and 5th of May respectively, we find humanity embroiled in another global battle, the battle against COVID-19. To that end, while we are all preoccupied with doing our part to defeat this dreadful virus, we will solemnly remember the … Continue reading →

April 15, 2020

Archiving COVID-19

Ida Milne is historian and lecturer of European History at Carlow College in Ireland, specializing in the history of disease. What should we consider when curating the history of this pandemic? The COVID-19 crisis will inspire some of today’s schoolchildren to pursue careers in health care or science. Others will seek to study the pandemic … Continue reading →

April 6, 2020

Reflecting on the 1918 Flu Pandemic in the wake of COVID-19

In addition to our already existing Flu resources, we’ll be curating a list of articles, educator resources, and media that may be useful and interesting to you. Continue reading →

March 2, 2020

Defining Moments Canada Hires New Executive Director

Defining Moments Canada has launched numerous successful education projects, commemorating key events in Canadian history including the 1919 flu pandemic and D-Day, with plans for a new project marking the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and the end of the Second World War. As the company continues to expand its project offerings, Program Leader Neil Orford is pleased to announce that Jen will be joining the team as the Executive Director. Continue reading →

February 17, 2020

Announcing Insulin2021

Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada, a heritage education organization, announced today its partnership with the University of Toronto, Banting House National Historic Site, and McMaster Children and Youth University (MCYU) and multiple other partners to lead the national commemorative project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary for the Discovery of Insulin over the next three years (2020-2023). Continue reading →

January 15, 2020

Announcing VEDay75

Defining Moments Canada/Moments Déterminants Canada, a heritage education organization, announced today its partnership with the Juno Beach Centre Association and The Canadian Research and Mapping Association ( to lead the 2020 national commemorative project to share the stories of Canadians’ contributions to the Liberation of Holland and Victory in Europe (V-E Day). Continue reading →