GIV­ING THE PAST A FU­TURE

Her­itage Fairs and Young Cit­i­zens pro­grams show­case the tal­ent and ethu­si­asm of young Cana­di­ans ev­ery­where.

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Canada’s His­tory be­lieves that cul­ti­vat­ing a love of his­tory among young Cana­di­ans is a key to en­sur­ing the past has a fu­ture. That’s why we are proud to sup­port young his­to­ri­ans ev­ery­where through our Her­itage Fairs and Young Cit­i­zens pro­grams

Across Canada, more than sixty thou­sand stu­dents re­searched and pre­sented their re­sults at lo­cal and re­gional Her­itage Fairs.

Her­itage Fairs bring to­gether ex­cited young Cana­di­ans with fam­ily and com­mu­nity mem­bers to share Cana­dian his­tory.

Stu­dent projects in­clude ex­plo­rations into in­dige­nous his­tory, women’s suf­frage, early set­tlers, lo­cal veterans, and even what’s buried in their own back­yards.

The best and bright­est in 2015 were se­lected as Young Cit­i­zens and in­vited to cre­ate videos about their his­tory projects.

We re­ceived 178 videos from across Canada, and in June Cana­di­ans cast more than thirty-eight thou­sand votes for their favourites.

The top twenty-six stu­dents — two from ev­ery province and ter­ri­tory — were then in­vited to Ot­tawa in the fall to par­tic­i­pate in a na­tional youth fo­rum.

If we have learned one thing, it’s that these stu­dents al­ways steal the show. Their en­thu­si­asm for his­tory and for what makes Canada an in­cred­i­ble place is con­ta­gious.

They are pas­sion­ate and al­ways bring new per­spec­tives to old sto­ries that bring them to life in new ways.

We ap­pre­ci­ate the in­vest­ment and sup­port pro­vided by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada; the Federal-Provin­cial-Ter­ri­to­rial Min­is­ters of Cul­ture and Her­itage; and Great West Life, Lon­don Life and Canada Life.

Above: Young Cit­i­zens lis­ten in­tently to their Cana­dian War Museum tour guide. Lower right: Stills taken from videos sub­mit­ted by Young Cit­i­zens Is­abelle, Kirsten, Judy, and Reed.

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