Jack Cecillon

Sessional Lecturer



Cecillon has studied cultural and linguistic conflict within the North American Catholic church over bilingual education. His previous studies have included work on aboriginals, the Seven Years` War, the American Revolution, and Canada`s policy of multiculturalism. More recently, he has begun examining the life of immigrant communities in the Windsor border region between 1870 and 1930.

Francophone Communities
Indigenous People
Multiculturalism and Transculturalism
Religious Beliefs
Second Language Education

York University
University of Windsor

Bachelor of Education: 

University of Western Ontario

Certficat de français: 

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 


•    Creating Canada: A History- 1914 to the Present., McGraw-Hill Ryerson, First Edition 2009; Second Edition 2014. (co-author)   
•    Prayers, Petitions and Protests: The Catholic Church and the Ontario Schools Crisis in the Windsor Border Region, 1910-1928, McGill-Queen`s University Press, 2013.    
•    Emerging Loyalties, Canada: A People's HIstory Series. CBC-Thomson/Nelson Publishing, 2006. (co-author)  

Journal Articles
  • "Robert Allan Pyne", Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Toronto Press, 2023, volume XVI. 

•    “Joseph O. Reaume”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Toronto Press, 2021, volume XVI.    

•    “L’immigration française dans le sud-ouest ontarien, 1870-1940”,  Les immigrants français au Canada à l’époque de la Grande Migration transatlantique (1870-1914), Études canadiennes, 2019. (Université de Nantes, France). 

•     "Jules Robinet: Pioneer Winemaker", Ontario History, Spring 2018. 

 •    “Prières, pétitions, protestations : La Controverse à propos du Règlement 17”, Questions du patrimoine, mai 2012.   

•    "Turbulent Times in the Diocese of London: Bishop Fallon and the French Language Controversy," Ontario History, December, 1995. Reprinted in Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education, edited by Sara Z. Burke and Patrice Milewski, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.    
•    “Early Struggles for Bilingual Schools and the French Language in the Windsor-Detroit Border Region, 1851-1910”, in Historical Studies in Education, spring, 2009.    

Book Chapters

    •    «La crise scolaire et les francophones du sud-ouest ontarien», in Michel Bock and François Charbonneau, Le siècle du Règlement XVII. Sudbury: Éditions Prise de Parole, 2015: 122-149.   
     •    "Language and Schools Conflict in the Windsor Border Region, 1881-1920", in Passages: Three Centuries of Francophone Presence at Le Détroit, ed. by Marcel Bénéteau, Humanities Research Council Journal, 11, University of Windsor, 2003.    

Other Publications

Pedagogical resources: 

Civics Now: Teacher`s Supplement. Thomson-Nelson Publishing, 2007

Civics Now: Teacher’s Video Manual. Thomson-Nelson Publishing, 2007.

World Civilizations: Teacher's Manual. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Canada: A People's History: Teacher's Manual.  CBC-Radio-Canada Publishing, 2001, 2002, vols.1-2.

Civics, Canada: Teacher’s Supplement.. Prentice-Hall Publishing, 2001.

Civics Today: Teacher’s Manual.  Irwin Publishing, 2001.

History Live: Teacher's Video Manual. Irwin Publishing, 2000.

Civics Profile: Catholic Curriculum. Ontario Ministry of Education, 2000.


Director, Ontario Historical Society, 2003-2008

Finalist Judge, Governor General`s Committee for Excellence in the Teaching of Canadian History, 2001-2011