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Thinking about what to think about

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 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. 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?
  4. The Manitoba Teachers Society turns 100 this year. Celebrate teaching in Manitoba by looking back at the days of the one room school house.

There’s lots more possible topics. If you have ideas you’d like to share with a wider audience, leave a comment or e-mail us at info at

A unique opportunity for Red River Teachers

Have you participated in the Red River Heritage Fair for at least two years? Do have a wild and crazy out of province PD opportunity that you want to take advantage of? The Red River Heritage Fair, with the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation, has arranged a bursary for teachers working with our Fair and want to upgrade out of province. Canada’s History is handling the paperwork and you can apply over here.

We highly recommend the Historical Thinking Summer Institute, to be held in Ottawa in July, as one out of province PD worth checking out. Check out the poster for more details.

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Hey, how can I bring more of my students to the Red River Heritage Fair?

Art Category at the Red River Heritage Fair and Symposium needs your entries!

Let your creative students shine!!

To celebrate our 15th anniversary and the adoption of our new and improved name, we are offering 3    Art category slots to any school!  These are over and above the number of slots you qualify for because of your school’s participation numbers.  Or, you may  be a school that only wishes to enter the Art category!!

Students are required to prepare an artist’s statement as well as some brief information about their art piece and how it connects to Canada.  Any process work such as preliminary sketches etc. would also help show judges the creative process.

Registration is the same as for our traditional research projects: students will participate in workshops, have two judgings  and receive participation certificates and medals.

More details can be found on the website

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Whatever happened to the Young Citizens program?

Young CitizensYoung Citizens is the national program for Heritage Fairs, in which students make short videos about their heritage fair project. In 2018, students will have the chance to win one of four trips to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum. Young Citizens is coordinated by Canada’s History Society, the national charitable organization that supports Heritage Fairs.
Videos must be submitted by June 4, 2018 and will then will be posted online at / A public vote will take place between June 12-22. A panel of judges will review the videos and results of the vote, and select 4 students to receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Ottawa in the fall of 2018.
Participants for Young Citizens are selected at their Regional or Provincial Heritage Fair, or can be nominated by their teachers. Participants must have prepared their project on a topic related to Canadian history and have the ability to complete a video independently.
Heritage Fair coordinators are asked for their assistance in selecting the Young Citizens participants, but are not required to submit a minimum number of videos.
For more information, visit or contact Joanna Dawson at [email protected]

Frenquently Asked Questions

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Let us know if there’s things we’ve missed.

General Questions

Q: Where are the bathrooms located?

A: On the second floor

Q: Is there a drinking fountain/drink machine available?

A: A water fountain is just outside the washrooms on the second floor, or there is water for purchase in the Canteen 

Q: Where is the nearest first aid kit/AED?

A: At the Duckworth Main Office on the ground floor


Parent Questions:

Q: Can I attend sessions with my child? (Parents of young children)?

A:  No, unless you are a parent supervising students or a parent of a homeschool student 

Q: My child has an appointment this afternoon. Can I pick them up and then return them later?

A: Your child should be here for their “Judging Session” where he/she presents their project. Check to see when your child’s judging session is, and if you must miss it, inform the judges beforehand and we will try to accommodate another judging session time

Q: What time should I come back to pick my child up?

A: The ending time of the last session is 3:30 pm

Q: When should I be here for the award ceremony?

A: Students should return to be by their projects for Public Viewing is 5:30 pm, Awards start at 6:30 pm

Q: I cannot attend the award ceremony tonight. Can I take my child’s project with me now?

A: Judges take their final looks after the students have left to determine the awards. Taking your project early may make it difficult for your child to win an award.   You may arrange to have someone bring it home for you after the award ceremony.

Please note: All projects that have been left behind will be disposed of, unless other arrangements have been made to pick them up. RRHF or the Duckworth Centre is not responsible for projects left behind after the close of the fair


Student Questions:

Q: Do I get lunch? (students/teachers at the fair)

A: No, students/teachers do not get lunch. Please bring a lunch from home or purchase*  from the canteen upstairs. *Canteen lineups will be long

Q: Where are the blank feedback forms? (My bag did not have one…)

A: Blank feedback forms will be at the registration check-in help table



Q: My friend is in a different session. Can I go with him/her instead?

A: No, your session leader is expecting you. They do not have extra materials for non-registered students to attend sessions

Q: Where is the _______________________ session located?

A: A list of the session locations will be at the check-in help table

Q: My label does not have any sessions written on it. Where do I go?

A: The check-in help table.



Q: There is not enough room for my project at my spot. What should I do?

A: Size requirements for projects were stated in the overview for projects. If you can, try to alter the project so that it fits in the required space. If it is larger than the assigned space, you will be deducted marks

Q: I need electricity for my project, but I do not have access. What do I do?

A: If you have informed RRHF that you required electricity we will try to accommodate you, if the request was not noted on the registration form it may be difficult to find power



Q: How many judges will see me during the judging period? (The person next to me had more judges…)

A: Stand by your project until the judging session is completely finished. All students will have 2-3 judges.  There are speciality judges who are experts in certain topics and they will only visit projects relevant to their award category

Q: What do the different coloured dots mean? (Does that mean my project is bad/good?) 

A: The dots just say that your project has been visited by a judge. The colours are random and do not mean anything.  The “dots/stickers” are a way to visually check to make sure the student has been judged


Teacher Questions:

Q: Where do I put the *photo release* slip?

A: At the drop-off box at the check-in help table.  *ALL students must have a consent form completed or they will not be allowed to participate

Q: When/where do I pick up my receipt?

A: Receipts will be available at the check-in help table at the end of the day, after they have been signed


Registration Questions:

Q: There is no label for this student who is checking in. What do I do?

A: Check again (sometimes late registrants are not listed alphabetically).  If they are not there, see the check-in help table.

Q: The Student label has the wrong project title on it. Will this be a problem?

A: As long as your project is at the correct number space, the judges will find you. Let the judge know the actual title of your project at that time


Judges and Questions

Q: Where is the judge’s area located?

A: Upstairs, on the mezzanine

Q: I can’t find this project. What do I do?

A: If the project is not in its numbered spot, let the judging station know that this project could not be found, then continue on with the other projects to be judged

Q: No one was at this project when I went by. What do I do?

A: Students are told to remain at their project until their judging session was over.  Please let the judging coordinator know and we will page the student back to the project. If you have extra time, you could return to that project. If student has not appeared, simply fill out the rubric for the areas which are not related to the presentation and inform the judging station why there are zeros in the other areas

Q: Where/when is lunch being served for judges?

A: Lunch will be served upstairs at noon. Remember to bring your lunch ticket

Q: Where are the extra pencils/batteries/scrap paper/tape?

A: Extra supplies should be at the check-in help table or the judges room


RRHF Volunteer Questions:


Q: Where/when is lunch being served for volunteers?

A: Lunch will be served upstairs at noon. Remember to bring your lunch ticket

Q: I am a student volunteer. What should I be doing?

A: Ask the teacher who brought you or the Volunteer Coordinator

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