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Welcome to History
History is the study of the thoughts, actions and achievements of human beings over time. It communicates a profound and practical understanding of how our world came into being by teaching students how to study events in historically-aware ways. History provides a methodology for research and critical thinking which is essential in most professions and walks of life. It acquaints students with important concepts, events and people, and builds their cultural literacy. History promotes a depth of understanding of ourselves and others by heightening critical thinking, deepening global understanding, and enhancing aesthetic and moral awareness. The skills History provides are invaluable in such varied professions as the law, education, journalism and public and international service.
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Laurier Inspiring Lives: Allan Downey, PhD candidate in History
Chair, History Dept
People at Laurier
Allan Downey, Nak’azdli First Nation: Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Allan is a PhD Candidate and member of the Dakelh (Carrier) Nak’azdli First Nation in Fort St. James, British Columbia. Playing lacrosse since he was ten years old Allan has taken his passion for the sport and turned it into a PhD project. His dissertation “The Creator’s Game” focuses on the history of lacrosse in Aboriginal communities from 1867-1990 to better understand Native-Newcomer relations and Aboriginal identity formation. Beyond teaching at Laurier, Allan splits his time volunteering for non-profit youth organizations and Aboriginal communities presenting his research.