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 and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.

2012 Young Citizens

200 students between the ages of 10 and 16 years old from all provinces and territories participated in Young Citizens. Their videos were posted online in June so that all Canadians can see their hard work.

A public vote opened on June 17 and families, teachers, schools, and communities were encouraged to submit their vote. Students promoted their work in communities all over Canada, leading up to and during Canada History Week. The online vote will closed on July 11, 2014. The result of the popular vote made up 50% of a student’s final score.

Following the vote, a panel of judges reviewed the videos and selected six final recipients. The students received a trip for two to Ottawa, where they showed their film at the Canada’s History Forum.

This year, one young citizens from this province was chosen to present. Congratulations to Mathew of St. John’s. You can view Matthews’ winning entries by following the links or by going to the Canada’s History for Kids website.