Welcome to the Canada Games Collection!
What is the project?
The purpose of the Canada Games Collection is to record and preserve the history and legacy of the Canada Games through the memories and experiences of athletes, coaches, Games officials, volunteers, and Canada Games Council (CGC) members. These interviews reveal the impact the Canada Games have had on Canadian sport, individuals, and host communities since 1967.
The interviews in the collection were recorded virtually between July and October 2020 in the lead-up to the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games. Shortly after the completion of the interviews, the Games were rescheduled for August 2022.
We invite you to watch and/or listen to these interviews and learn about the history of the Canada Games and the impact the Games have had on our contributors, their families, friends, and their communities. If there is a theme or subject you are interested in, type it into the search bar in the top right-hand corner of this page, and see if any of the contributors discuss it in their interview.
In collaboration with the Canada Games Council.
This project was made possible through generous funding from Brock University through its Match of Minds program, the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, VPR Canada Games, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Humanities Research Institute, as well as from CEWIL Canada, and TechNation.
The Canada Games collection features 26 oral history interviews with Canada Games athletes, coaches, Games officials, volunteers, and Canada Games Council members, and insight from 47 volunteers and 44 athletes from the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games. From the SOHA team, we would like to thank all of our interviewees for their stories and their time. Without your contributions, there would be no collection to showcase.
Canada Games Council Photograph Collection Digitization Initiative:
Since September 2021, the SOHA, in collaboration with the Canada Games Council, has been digitizing the Canada Games Council’s photograph collection of over 66,000 prints, slides, and negatives dating back to the first Games in 1967.
The purpose of this digitization initiative is both to preserve the photographic legacy of the Canada Games Council and to make the images more accessible to the public. The goal was to digitize 500-1,000 of the images, however the SOHA has since preserved more than 2,000 photographs. You can learn more about the photographs and the stories behind them in the special exhibits curated by students from Brock University.
The special exhibit "The Beginning of Greatness: The Development of High-Performance Women’s Ice Hockey at the Canada Games" was presented at three research conferences: "Two Days of Canada: Canada at Play," "Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) annual general meeting," and "Middle Atlantic New England Council for Canadian Studies (MANECCS) bi-annual research conference." The quality of research was recognized by MANECCS with the George Sulzer Young Scholar's Award.
Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games:
During the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, the SOHA Studio was located beside the information desk in the Rankin Family Pavilion at Brock University and in the Canada Games Park where we recorded athletes’ and volunteers’ answer to the question: “What do the Canada Games mean to me?” Answers highlight the impact the Canada Games have on Canadian youth, and the importance of volunteering, language, and accessibility.
Navigating the Collection:
On the side of the web page, you will find a menu bar to navigate the Canada Games Collection.
“Interviews” displays the 26 oral history interviews conducted for the collection. Interviews were conducted with athletes, coaches, Games officials, volunteers, and Canada Games Council members.
“Images” provides more information on the Canada Games Council Photograph Collection Digitization Initiative.
“Special Exhibits” showcases the exhibits curated by students in Brock University’s Department of History as part of HIST 4P50 – Directed Research. Students digitized parts of the Canada Games Council’s photograph collection, and then each developed an exhibit using both the images and oral history interviews in the Canada Games Collection that sheds new light on the history of the Canada Games and their legacy on Canadian sport, youth, and communities. The exhibits include the history and legacy of high-performance women’s ice hockey at the Canada Games, and the history and evolution of lacrosse in Canadian sport and society.
“Athletes Corner” presents 44 athletes’ answer to the question: “what do the Canada Games mean to you?” Here you can browse through their answers and learn about athletes’ experiences at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.
“Volunteers Corner” presents 47 volunteers’ answer to the question: “what do the Canada Games mean to you?” Their answers offer insight into the volunteer experience at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, and the importance of volunteering to ensure the Canada Games continue going strong.