His­tory Matters

Young Cit­i­zens re­flect on the past, look to the fu­ture dur­ing trip to Ot­tawa.

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Young Cit­i­zens ex­plore the past and look to the fu­ture dur­ing their trip to Ot­tawa.

Canada’s His­tory wel­comed twen­tysix ex­cep­tional young Cana­di­ans to Ot­tawa last Oc­to­ber for our an­nual youth fo­rum. The fo­rum is the cul­mi­na­tion of the Her­itage Fair and Young Cit­i­zens pro­grams that an­nu­ally reach more than fifty thou­sand stu­dents.

“It was ex­cit­ing to see how this group of young peo­ple re­ally came to­gether,” said Ali­son Nagy, one of the ded­i­cated Canada’s His­tory staff who helped to make this project pos­si­ble. “The stu­dents are al­ways so in­spir­ing and re­ally give all of us a tremen­dous hope for the fu­ture.”

The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing vis­its to the By­town Mu­seum, Par­lia­ment Hill, the Cana­dian War Mu­seum, the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory, and Rideau Hall.

At the By­town Mu­seum, the stu­dents worked with Cloud in the Sky Stu­dios, an Ot­tawa-based cre­ative pro­duc­tion stu­dio, to cre­ate a new video that ex­plores why his­tory is im­por­tant to them and to Canada’s fu­ture. (Visit CanadasHis­tory.ca/ YoungCi­ti­zens to see the fi­nal video.)

At the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory, the stu­dents toured the new Cana­dian His­tory Hall and, as a group, shared dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on Canada’s his­tory. “The stu­dents bring with them a tremen­dous amount of knowl­edge about Canada’s past,” said fa­cil­i­ta­tor and re­searcher Cyn­thia Wal­lace-Casey. “They are al­ways ea­ger to share their un­der­stand­ings and make con­nec­tions to big ideas in his­tory.”

A high­light of the trip was trick-or-treat­ing at Rideau Hall and in the sur­round­ing neigh­bour­hood on Oc­to­ber 31. Many of the stu­dents sported his­toric cos­tumes they de­vel­oped for their projects.

Anne Mobach’s daugh­ter Madi­son trav- elled from Yel­lowknife, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, to Ot­tawa as part of the group. “This trip opened up a whole new world for her, and it’s ex­cit­ing to see,” Anne said in an email sent shortly af­ter her daugh­ter’s trip. “She has made life­long friends, and they have been tex­ting non­stop since they got back on a Wi-Fi sig­nal!”

Young Cit­i­zens and the na­tional youth fo­rum was made pos­si­ble thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, the Fed­eral, Pro­vin­cial, Ter­ri­to­rial Work­ing Group on Cul­ture and Her­itage, and GreatWest Life, London Life, and Canada Life. Canada’s His­tory So­ci­ety would also like to ac­knowl­edge First Air, which gen­er­ously helped our Nu­navut par­tic­i­pants travel from Pond In­let to Ot­tawa.

Clock­wise from top: Young Cit­i­zens Alexan­dra Dech (North Bay, On­tario), Siob­han Aglak (Pond In­let, Nu­navut), Klaire Hayward (Bon­av­ista, New­found­land and Labrador), and Avah Solomon (Ot­tawa) re­flect on Cana­dian his­tory; Young Ci­ti­zen Esmé Gand­ham (Vancouver), poses with award-win­ning teach­ers Jean-Pierre Lagueux and Chris­tian Lagueux, dressed in pe­riod garb, and Canada’s His­tory Pres­i­dent and CEO Janet Walker, af­ter re­ceiv­ing her Young Cit­i­zens award; Young Cit­i­zens cre­ate a col­lage to re­flect what they want to re­mem­ber about Cana­dian his­tory; Young Cit­i­zens share what they learned in the Cana­dian His­tory Hall; Isla Stan­ford (Lethbridge, Al­berta) watches videos made by her fel­low Young Cit­i­zens.

Par­tic­i­pants from across Canada in the 2017 Canada’s His­tory Youth Fo­rum pose in the Grand Hall at the Cana­dian Mu­seum of His­tory, Oc­to­ber 31, 2017.

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