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