Ontario Students Showcase Ontario's Rich and Diverse History

TORONTO, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto will welcome 70 young Ontario historians from 20 different regions of Ontario to the 2012 Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair at the William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks Street, Monday, June 11, 2012. The showcase of student projects is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be the guest speaker at the Opening Ceremonies at 10:30 a.m.

"The outstanding work of these students, who have already excelled at the 'regionals' in their respective communities, is to be commended going above and beyond in their efforts to keep Canadian history vital and relevant," said the Lieutenant Governor.

The Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair brings together exceptional students from grades four to ten to share in a celebration of Ontario's rich multi-cultural history and heritage. The students are chosen from the twenty Ontario Regional Heritage Fairs held in April and May and they are coming to Toronto to share their research projects with other delegates and the public.

The young Ontario historians will share many amazing stories from Canada's past. Personalities and events of The War of 1812, the World Wars, Camp X and the Titanic share the spotlight with stories of family and community. First Nation students share the customs and ceremonies unique to their culture; students from immigrant backgrounds relate the successes and challenges their ancestors faced as they helped create the diverse landscape of present day Ontario and Canada; proud young students from 20 regions of Ontario tell the stories of family members and their communities.

28 of the delegates are also Ontario's representatives in the new national program, Young Citizens, offered by Canada's History. Videos created by Ontario's Young Citizens show the historical significance of a place, person or event from Canada's rich past. The national launch of the on-line component of the program will be part of the Opening Ceremonies. The Young Citizens program is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Ontario Heritage Fairs program is a volunteer initiative based on the belief that engaging children in the history of their communities helps them develop into responsible, well-informed citizens.  Aimed at students aged 9 to 15, the Fairs inspire young people to explore personal and collective Canadian experiences in any number of media - displays, painting, sculpture, prose, music or computer-based projects. The delegates at the Provincial Fair represent the more than 40,000 Ontario students from over 30 school boards, private schools and homeschoolers who participated in the 2012 Fairs program.

SOURCE Ontario Heritage Fairs Association

For further information:

interviews or full descriptions of the 70 projects please contact:

Carol White
Provincial Fair Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Fairs Association
Mobile: 613.484.0664 or Email: cwhite@ohfa.ca

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