WINNIPEG, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - What do you get for your 145th birthday? How about a fresh young take on Canada. Every year, more
than 110,000 students showcase their history projects at Heritage Fairs across the country. Canada's History Society along with Great-West
Life and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Take Charge
program, encouraged students across Canada to film and re-enact
historical milestones that mattered most to them and their community.
Through Canada's History Young Citizens program, two hundred students embraced the challenge and brought
history in their towns and cities to life through filmmaking.
"We proudly support Canada's History Society to help recognize and
inspire young minds to take a leadership role as we all work to build
stronger communities together," says Jan Belanger, Assistant
Vice-President, Community Affairs, for Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life. "In sponsoring the "young citizens" of this program, we're
pleased to give them the opportunity to think and express themselves
creatively while connecting others to the history in their
Six of the best of these Young Citizens registered the most online votes across Canada and were chosen by a
panel of judges to be this year's recipients. The six Young Citizens
will be recognized at this year's Governor General's History Awards at
Rideau Hall in Ottawa on December 10th. Their award-winning videos will also be featured on December 9th at the National History Forum in Ottawa.
Their digital historic journeys involved re-enacting the War of 1812 in
period military outfits; mapping Jacques Cartier's discovery of the St.
Lawrence River that brought settlers to Quebec City; detailing the
monumental building of the Canadian Pacific Railway; featuring Emily
Murphy's role in women's rights; retracing their family's connection to
crab fishing on the East Coast and researching former inhabitants of
their family's heritage home in British Columbia.
This inaugural project connected students from Grades 4 to 11 to
historic moments by encouraging them to research, role-play and
digitally record short documentaries or news items that showcased their
research projects and how it connected them to their culture and
This year's recipients of the Young Citizens program are:
Sierra Friesen - Winnipeg, MB - Emily Murphy.
Frédéric Pelchat - St-Gédéon-de-Beauce, QC - La cartographie.
Matthew Rogers - St. John's, NL - Silver Fox Island.
Kristen Schulz - North Vancouver, BC - The Heritage of My Home.
Kristin Smith - Grande Pointe, MB - Ribbon of Steel: Building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Brandon Snyder - Bridgewater, NS - The War of 1812.
Honourable mentions include:
Griffin Murdoch - Toronto, ON - Freedom? Canada's Tarnished History of Civil Rights.
Thomas Savoie - Balmoral, NB - Le téléphone d'autrefois.
Dylan Taylor - Lethbridge, AB - We Stand on Guard for Thee: Canadian Superheroes and National Identity.
To view the entries and contest winners, visit www.YoungCitizens.ca.
"It was an extremely difficult decision for the judges to choose just
six winners among the many exceptional videos we received," commented
Deborah Morrison, President and CEO of Canada's History Society. We
were quite simply overwhelmed with the quality of their research as
well as their capacity to use digital media to create a polished final
presentation. It underscores the tremendous value of the Heritage
Fairs program to inspire students to become more actively involved in
the study of our history."
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, "How
Should the Great War Be Remembered?" 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 have today grown to involve over 110,000 students each year in
schools-based and regional exhibitions in more than 100 communities
across Canada. Wholly driven by a network of volunteer teachers and
community history organizations, the program benefits from funding
support from Scotiabank for national coordination by Canada's History
Society, and Great-West Life, partner in the Young Citizen's video
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
SOURCE: Canada's History
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