Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Ella Regina, Saskatchewan

Fair address: Regina Regional Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fair

Project: My Oma's Story

My project is based on my Oma's immigration from Austria to Canada when she was 8 years old.  I focused on many aspects of her life in Austria, her journey to Canada, and her new life in Regina.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I thought it was interesting that my Oma faced all this in her life and I get to see her often. I also liked the story of how my Oma's mom put a cactus in the window at her home in Austria so the children wouldn't fall out the window.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned that it was difficult for not only my Oma to leave her home behind but also for all immigrants who look to start a new life in a new country. They face many hardships on their journeys but also in adjusting to life in a new place. My Oma's story was very important to Canada's history because immigrants brought families, food, and new traditions which have shaped the culture we now have in Canada.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Immigrants nowadays have technology such as planes and computers which makes communication with family members much easier. The time for travelling is much less. Immigrants who come to Canada now might know some English to get them started and when they arrive there is help for these immigrants.

  • Mrs. Bresciani

    What an amazing job, Ella ! We are all so proud of you!!!
    02/11/2014 1:26:50 PM

  • Nola

    Great video Ella! Very interesting. Hope you win :)
    11/07/2014 2:37:59 PM

  • Maude

    Wow... Ta vidéo était très intéressante! J'ai beaucoup aimé que tu parles d'un membre de ta famille. Les animations étaient extrêmement bien faites et ajoutaient un aspect intéressant à la vidéo. Je trouve que c'était une très bonne idée d'inclure ta Oma dans la vidéo. Bonne chance!

    — Maude C – Jeune Citoyenne 2014

    08/07/2014 6:43:05 AM

  • Natasha

    Excellent video! Hope you win!
    05/07/2014 9:08:50 PM

  • Claudia Yakichuk

    Ella, I saw your display at St. Marguerite and was so impressed! Loved that it was so personal and close to home.
    29/06/2014 12:09:56 PM

  • alana

    lovely presence and articulation. can tell you are invested in the story emotionally. well done!
    26/06/2014 9:12:09 PM

  • Jennifer Song

    Wow Wonderful! This video is interesting! I'm happy to see you and your Oma after a long time. Ella, You are amazing. I support you!
    26/06/2014 12:37:35 AM

  • Brent, Brenda, Laura and Brad

    Great effort on this project, Ella! Your narrative was very informative! Thank you for sharing your Oma's story through such creative storyboarding!
    25/06/2014 10:32:27 PM

  • Barb Aman

    great work Ella
    25/06/2014 4:29:40 PM

  • Lynnette

    Ella, this is amazing! What a beautiful job, and your Oma must be very proud, and HAPPY that she came to Canada!
    20/06/2014 7:32:33 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.