Canada’s History – Young Citizens video competition – voting deadline June 3, 2013

Young Citizen poster, Canada's History competition, 2013

Canada’s History Society has organized a ‘Young Citizens’ video competition to complement Canada’s Heritage Fair programme for students in grades 4 to 11.  Viewers may now vote for their favourite entries for this year.  Young Citizen voting deadline: June 3, 2013.

For 2013, to celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Arctic Expedition (1913-1916), students were asked to create a video about the history of Canada’s north. Students then entered their local and regional Heritage Fairs before being chosen to enter the Young Citizens competition.

These videos are now on-line and you may vote for your choice. Later a panel of judges will review all 40 videos and select 2 students to travel to Ottawa to show their films at the Canada’s History Forum.The number of votes a video receives will count towards an entry’s final score.

Browse through the pages of students’ topics, view the videos that interest you, share them with others if you like, then vote for your favourite.  The deadline for votes is June 3, 2013.  The students are all listed here:  Just click on the student’s name to view each video and to vote. ( You must supply a valid e-mail address to vote. Only one vote per e-mail address allowed.)

Not that the BC Genealogical Society is biased in any way, but there are 3 students from British Columbia participating –

Emily – Vancouver, British Columbia – her project is about the Search for the Northwest Passage.
Helena – Vancouver, British Columbia – her project is on the Canadian Residential School System.
Nicolas – Vancouver, British Columbia – his project is a look at Sam Steele, a leader of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP).

One of last year’s Young Citizen winners was from British Columbia, Kristen from
North Vancouver, British Columbia. Her video is called The Heritage of My Home. Just click the title link to see her video about her family’s 1926 North Vancouver home.

Interested in learning more about Canada’s Heritage Fairs or Canada’s History Society?

Canadian Heritage Fairs
Twenty years ago this year, Heritage Fairs began as a pilot community project in Winnipeg in 1993 and now involves over 110,000 students each year in school regional exhibitions across Canada. Volunteer teachers, along with local history organizations and institutions organize and support the programs, and nationally there is funding from Department of Canadian Heritage and Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. Learn more at the Heritage Fairs website:  Sponsored by Canada’s History Society.

Canada’s History Society
Canada’s History Society is a national organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history.  The Society sponsors the Governor General’s History Awards and publishes both Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver) magazine and Kayak: History Magazine for Kids, and the Society produces and promotes a number of educational and online programs to encourage more discovery, celebration, and understanding about Canada’s rich history and culture.  More details can be found at  Canada’s History Society’s website has many resources for students and teachers:

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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