Young Citizens is a national video competition, and a complementary component of Heritage Fairs across Canada. 200 students between the ages of 10 and 16, from all provinces and territories will participate in Young Citizens.  Just like Heritage Fairs, students research  Canadian icons, stories, and events in Canadian history. Students then present their findings online, rather than in an interview. These videos are ultimately reviewed by a panel of judges, however, 50% of the final score on a project is determined by the public. That means you! Yes, all the student videos are also posted online so that all Canadians can see their hard work. Public voting opens today (June 13, 2016)!  The online vote will close at midnight on July 6, 2016.

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Following the vote, 2 students per province and territory will be selected as the final recipients. These 26 students will receive a trip to Ottawa in the fall, where they will attend the Canada’s History Youth Forum!

Check out Vedanshi’s video!

Check out Abrielle’s video!


Two of our own BCHFS Alumni Council members, Vedanshi and Abrielle, are competing in Young Citizens this year. See their excellent films by following the links below:

Vedanshi – “A Canadian Pioneer”/ ” L’histoire d’un pionnier canadien”

Abrielle – Japanese Canadian Community: The History of a Blossoming Community Taking Root 

You’re invited to meet all the Young Citizens, watch their videos, comment on their amazing work by going to Find a Young Citizen on the Canada’s History website. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite video this month!