WINNIPEG, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - One hundred years ago, fourteen
scientists, several captains and their crew set sail on a mission to
explore unknown lands in the Beaufort Sea. Their five-year odyssey,
from 1913-1918, marked the first multi-disciplinary scientific
expedition to the Canadian Arctic. This Canadian-funded expedition
uncovered thousands of animals, plants, rocks and fossils as well as
artifacts from the Copper Inuit and other cultures.
Today, students across Canada are travelling back in time to celebrate
the Canadian Arctic Expedition by researching and making videos with
themes that relate to the history of Canada's north. Their historical
video stories are part of a special version of the Young Citizens
program, organized by Canada's History. For a view through the lens of
their projects, visit www.YoungCitizens.ca. Here's a snapshot of some of their videos.
Nicolas Cain from Vancouver, British Columbia is exploring the life and
times of Sam Steele, the first North West Mounted Police who upheld law
and order in the Yukon during the Gold Rush.
Lauren Rushton from Wolfville, Nova Scotia stars in a cooking segment
showcasing traditional Aboriginal meals. On the menu is pemmican and
Kayla Sanderson from Yellowknife, NWT is interviewing friends of Ian
Calder who was one of the first dentists in the Northwest Territories.
Emelyne Boals from Kingston, Ontario is investigating Inuit myths and
Other participants include:
Julienne Chipesia - Inuvik, NWT - Gwich'in Land Claim Agreement.
Ogust Sun Danh-Le - Nackawic, NB - Le réseau DEW (The DEW Line)
Kévin Desjardins - St-Pascal, QC - La chasse dans l'Arctique (Hunting in
Jascinta Fryza - Winnipeg, MB - Flying Wonder.
Erin Getty - Winnipeg, MB - Drumming is the Heart Beat.
Jonathan Ijjangiaq - Repulse Bay, NU - Surviving in the North.
Gabe Isenor - Kennetcook, NS - The Undiscovered Discoverer: The Story of
Julie Joncas - St-Pascal, QC - La legend de Sedna (The Legend of Sedna).
Patricia Kablutsiak - Arviat, NU - Traditional Sewing.
Helena Kantowicz - Vancouver, BC - The Dark Legacy.
Anita Kopak - Repulse Bay, NU - Carrying on Inuit Culture.
Dean Kusugak - Repulse Bay, NU - The Igloo.
Jake Leslie - Middle Musquodoboit, NS - Mi'kmaw Culture.
Emily Mittertreiner - Vancouver, BC - Search for the Northwest Passage.
Noah Newlands - Nackawic, NB
Trevor Nickel - Winnipeg, MB - Yukon Gold Rush.
Ève Pelletier - St-Pascal, QC - Les changements climatiques (Climate
Cynthia Pelletier - St-Pascal, QC - Les légends inuits (Inuit Legends).
Brennan Siemens - Winnipeg, MB - The North Pole.
Samantha Silliphant - Charlottetown, PEI - The Residential School
Athena Tillie - Moose Jaw, SK - Myths and Legends of the Inuit.
Michaela Young - Winnipeg, MB - Filming the North: Alexander Mackenzie.
Canadians have until June 3rd to view, comment on and vote for their favourite student video. Once
ballots are tallied, a panel of judges will review all the submissions
and select four students who will travel to Ottawa in November. There,
they will screen their film at the Canada's History Forum, held
annually in conjunction with the Governor General's History Awards.
Deborah Morrison, CEO and Publisher of Canada's History Magazine
remarked, "The Young Citizens program fosters real connections between
students and aspects of our past. They become the tellers of the story
which in turn gives them a greater sense of ownership of our history,
and a greater commitment to ensuring it is remembered by others."
The 2013 Young Citizens: Expedition North video project is generously
supported by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, as well as
the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Youth Take Charge
program. This interactive project encourages students from Grades 4 to
11 to research and film videos on Canadian heroes, legends and key
events of the Arctic Expedition.
The Governor General's History Awards bring together students, teachers,
historians, museums and community organizations, writers and media
producers to celebrate as well as learn from each other. The day prior
to the award ceremonies, recipients will participate in a public
history forum at the Canadian War Museum. This year's forum, exploring
how technology is changing Canadian history, is open to the public to
attend onsite or online by registering at www.CanadasHistory.ca/HistoryForum.
About Heritage Fairs
Heritage Fairs began as a pilot community project in Winnipeg in 1993
and has today grown to involve over 110,000 students each year in
schools-based and regional exhibitions in more than 100 communities
across Canada. Solely driven by a network of volunteer teachers and
community history organizations, the program benefits from funding
support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Great-West Life,
London Life and Canada Life for national coordination by Canada's
History Society and the Young Citizen's video component.
About Canada's History Society
Canada's History Society is a national charitable organization devoted
to popularizing Canadian history. In addition to presenting the
Governor General's History Awards and publishing Canada's History (formerly The Beaver) magazine, as well as Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, the Society also produces a number of educational and online programs
to encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about our
rich history and culture. More details can be found at CanadasHistory.ca
SOURCE: Canada's History
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