If you’re searching for topics for the Heritage Fair in 2018, how about remembering a few of these anniversaries and how they’ve shaped us?
- 1608 – Quebec City is founded as one of the earliest and longest lasting European settlements in Canada. Would this lead to bigger and better things, or was the beginning of the end of the good life that was already in place for the people who already lived in the area?
- 1918 – The First World War comes to an end. The war brought Canada together in a new way, but also devastated many families. What did the war accomplish? Why did it fail to end all wars?
- 1918 – All women receive the federal vote in Canada. What prompted the government to give the vote? How has women’s expanded political role changed the nation?
- 1948- Louis St. Laurent is sworn in as prime minister, replacing the long serving William Lyon Mackenzie King. A lot happened under this prime minister including old age pensions, the first Canadian Governor General, the founding of NATO, making the Supreme Court truly supreme, and the admission of Newfoundland to the Dominion.
- 1958 – The Trans Canada Pipeline is competed, a feat we don’t seem to be able to accomplish today. How did it shape us, and why was it possible to do then what we can’t seem to do today?
- 1968 – The first Prime Minister Trudeau is sworn in and women go wild for this “sexy” man as Trudeaumania sweeps the nation. Did it change anything or was it just a passing fad?
- 1988 – Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologizes for the internment of Japanese Canadians in the Second World War. This would be the first of many apologies that were to come from various prime ministers for different Canadian misdeeds. How do we deal with the past? Are we responsible for it even if we weren’t there?
- 1988 – Calgary grew up a little bit and joined the big time by hosting the Winter Olympics. It was a good time to be a Canadian. A lot of great memories came from those Olympics.
- 1988 – Canada’s Ben Johnson was, briefly, the fastest man on the planet as he won and then lost gold in a drug scandal at the summer Olympics. What was a scandal then has become near routine now. How has the culture of sports changed?
Okay, that was nine items. I can’t count. The point still is that there are great topics out there for your students’ projects and for the Heritage Fair. Try a few out and see how your students like them.