Young Citizens Program
The Young Citizens program focuses on citizenship and is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs, an annual event where students present the results of their research on Canadian heroes, legends and key events in Canadian history. Participants in the Young Citizens program make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. The student videos are posted online where family and friends can view and share the videos. The videos are reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.
To celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-1916), 40 students will participate in this special version of Young Citizens. These students will create a video that explores a theme relating to the history of Canada’s north. A panel of judges will review all 40 videos and select 2 students who will receive a trip to Ottawa to show their film at the Canada’s History Forum in the fall.
Through this program, Canada's History will bring together communities across Canada, while allowing young people to improve their historical knowledge and thus gain a better appreciation of their country's history and heritage.
Photo: George H. Wilkins / Library and Archives Canada / C-086447