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Are you hunting for some Heritage Fair topic ideas for your students, or for yourself? Here’s a few ideas.

  1. The Selkirk Settlers. Those folks who came to the Red River area 200 years ago helped stimulate the development of much of what has become Winnipeg today, both good and bad. There’s stories of intrigue, treachery, conflict, loyalty, and triumph all built into this period of settlement. And for those of you who are competitive, we have an award specifically aimed at this time period.
  2. How about Inuit Art? Right here in town we have an amazing collection of Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There’s “a story living in every piece of art” and that means that the WAG is a great place to learn about Inuit history and heritage. What is important to the artists and the communities they live in? How do they understand the world?
  3. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba. While labor strife and protest might be common in some parts of the world, it’s not out here. What was different about Winnipeg in 1919 that set up the conditions needed for this kind of conflict? Could it happen again?Any sustainable development ideas??
  4. 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II, 1945. Explore Canada’s involvement.
  5. 50th anniversary of the Arctic Winter Games. This would be a great topic to explore.
  6. The 350th anniversary of the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Lots of great topics here!!
  7. The 100th anniversary of the creation of the “Group of Seven”. Any artists in your classroom??
  8. The 100th anniversary of Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in hockey

There’s lots more possible topics. Check out the “Topics” section of our “How To” Manual. If you have ideas you’d like to share with a wider audience, leave a comment or e-mail us at info at