TORONTO, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Armed with video cameras and a keen sense
of curiosity, two hundred students from across Canada are exploring
their Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment.
Arwyn Workman-Youmans from St. Catharines is retracing the journey her
Great Grandmother and her children made to Canada.
Shelbi Korycki Striegler from Ottawa is building a pottery model with
photos of the Commissariat Museum, the oldest stone building in Ottawa
to learn about the importance of preserving historic landmarks for
Jonathan Lee from Whitby is learning about the historical events that
impacted his family when his Chinese descendants entered the country at
the turn of the century.
Sarah McFarlan from Toronto is researching the experience of residential
school students in Canada and the losses associated with their
Mya Despres from Dryden explains in big book format the journey of black
slaves to a new life in Canada via the Underground Railway.
Ezra Weima-Scholes from Kingston is exploring Canada's connection to the
sinking of the Titanic and the role that Canada played in the aftermath
of the disaster.
These are just some of the students that are being recognized for their
exceptional creativity, knowledge and passion for history. Each student
is participating in the inauguration of Canada's History Young Citizens
Program. Two hundred students, from Grades 4 to 11, have been selected
as the top Heritage Fair contestants from their school. Every student
received a digital video camera to record short documentaries or news
pieces that capture the essence of their research project, and how it
connects them to their communities and country.
Deborah Morrison, CEO and Publisher of Canada's History Magazine
emphasized, "These short three or four minute news pieces or public
service announcements on their heritage topics will be posted online at
www.YoungCitizens.ca, where fellow students, parents and family can view their work and vote
for their favourites."
On June 11, 2012, the student videos go live on the site and will be
open to the public to view, comment and vote on their favourites. The
results of that online vote will be tallied on August 7th when voting closes and two students per participating
province/territory will advance to the finalist round. Amongst those
finalists, a panel of judges will select six winners to join Canada's
History in Ottawa as part of the events surrounding the Governor
General History Awards.
Elizabeth Kerr, President of the Ontario Heritage Fairs Association
remarked, "Through this program, we'll be able to connect communities
across the country while empowering young people to improve their
historical knowledge and gain a better appreciation of our country's
Screenings and film festivals will also be organized to showcase the
work of these Young Citizens and the top videos will be shown at the
National History Forum in Ottawa this fall.
The launch of the online project is being marked with an official
ceremony involving the twenty-eight Young Citizens selected from
Ontario who will be premiering their videos at the Ontario Provincial
Heritage Fair on June 11, 2012.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be
present for the screenings as part of the opening ceremonies to be held
at the William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto (45 Willcocks
Street) on Monday, June 11, 2012. The showcase of student projects is
open to the public from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Media are invited to
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 www.canadashistory.ca
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