1968 in Canada
A Year and Its Legacies
The year 1968 in Canada was an extraordinary one, unlike any other in its frenetic pace of activities and their consequences for the development of a new national consciousness among Canadians.
It was a year when decisions and actions, both in Canada and outside its borders, were thick and contentious, and whose effects were momentous and far-reaching. It saw the rise of Trudeaumania and the birth of the Parti Québécois; the articulation of the new nationalism in English Canada and an alternative vision for Indigenous rights and governance; a series of public hearings in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women; the establishment of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, nation-wide Medicare and CanLit; and a striving for both a new relationship with the United States and a more independent foreign policy everywhere else. And more. Virtually no segment of Canadian life was untouched by both the turmoil and the promise of generational change.
Michael K. Hawes
Dr. Michael Hawes is a professor of political science, a tireless advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program. He assumed the leadership of Fulbright Canada in September of 2001 and has had the privilege of directing the program through some very exciting times. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. Under his direction Fulbright Canada has witnessed dramatic growth in its programs and in the number of students and scholars that the program supports.
Andrew C. Holman
A member of the History Department at Bridgewater State University since 1996, Andrew Holman is also the director of the university's Canadian Studies program. Dr. Holman teaches courses in Canadian and United States history, as well as on topic subjects such as sport history, historiography, the history of education. He is the author scholarly articles, reviews and books, including Hockey: A Global History (coauthored with Stephen Hardy, University of Illinois Press, 2018) and A Hotly Contested Affair: Hockey in Canada - The National Game in Documents (The Champlain Society and University of Toronto Press, 2020). Dr. Holman earned his PhD in History from York University in Toronto.
Christopher Kirkey is the director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.