GIVING THE PAST A FUTURE
Heritage Fairs and Young Citizens programs showcase the talent and ethusiasm of young Canadians everywhere.
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.