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Red River Heritage Fair 2017
Themes for Canada 150 Anniversary
May 4, 2017
This year marks the 150th   anniversary of Canada’s Confederation 

 

We are asking teachers and students to take note of the suggested themes and create their projects around them, using Historical thinking concepts.  Topics of your choice are also welcome, reflecting the 150th theme using the Historic Thinking Concepts

For Canada 150, project topics are to reflect the historic aspect of Canada, not the modern and current 21st century world

The Historical Thinking Project works with six distinct concepts. To think historically, students need to be able to:       

  • Establish historical significance  
  • Use primary source evidence
  • Identify continuity and change
  • Analyze cause and consequence
  • Take historical perspectives, and
  • Understand the ethical dimension of historical interpretations

We have included a small list of ideas that you may find informative for your students to choose from this special history year.

Please keep your student topics Canadian history based. Due to the anniversary themes, we may exclude 21st century topics from attending the heritage fair this year.  Please contact the RRHF committee if you are unsure of students’ topic selection.

As always, the integration of all subject areas is a great way to work on projects; Social Studies, History, Geography, English Language Arts, Science, Technology, Artand Math may all be assessed for learning and creates a leading project for students.

Projects may be submitted in English or French. For more information see our FAQs or email us at [email protected]

Background

The heritage fair program began in 1993, when the CRB Foundation launched a pilot project in Winnipeg designed to celebrate history and to foster a deeper understanding of our country’s past.

The fairs were a huge success, not only with students, but also with teachers, families and the general public. Heritage fairs took off and were quickly adopted in all of Canada’s provinces and territories. Since the program’s creation, more than one million students have participated in heritage fairs in communities all across Canada. Winnipeg has continued the program and has increased student involvement to include Grade 10 and Grade 11, as well as the original grade 4 to grade 9 components.

The fairs appeal to all kinds of learners, as students are able to choose their topic and have control over their learning, conduct their own hands-on research, and present their findings in a creative and public format. In the past  two  years, the RRHF has incorporated the concepts of Historical Thinking to help students ask and answer their inquiry questions.

After more than two decades, the spirit of the heritage fair program remains a celebration of history, community, learning, sharing and fun.

Projects now often incorporate technology and new media as the fairs evolve to incorporate the skills and interests of 21st century learners. As part of this evolution, Canada’s History introduced a complementary video program called ”Young Citizens” in 2012.