The Young Citizens program is a complementary program to heritage fairs. Each student is tasked with creating a short video report on the topic they explored for their heritage fair project. The student videos are posted online at YoungCitizens.ca or JeunesCitoyens.ca, where they are encouraged to share them with family, friends, and community members.
The best videos will be selected by popular vote across the country and a review by a panel of judges. Ultimately, the winners will win a trip to Ottawa to present their film and participate at the Canada’s History Youth Forum.
In 2016, 200 students created videos
Every year, young citizens give interviews to dozens of regional and national media. The program has received national coverage by CBC and CTV (links below).
Creating the video
Canada’s History has created a document called Participant Guidelines which provides information and advice about all the stages of video creation. We also recommend that participants watch a few of the videos from previous years to get a sense of what’s required. Some of the main guidelines include:
- Videos must be between 3 and 4 minutes long. Videos that don’t meet this time requirement (over or under the time) will be penalized
- Students must cite their sources and respect all copyright rules
- Videos should be submitted to Canada’s History via the free, file-transfer program called Dropbox
All videos must be received by Canada’s History before June , 2020.
Ideas and Inspiration for 2020
There is no set theme for Young Citizens this year, but students may wish to explore a topic related to a number of special anniversaries coming up
- Manitoba 150
Young Citizens Timeline Calendar 2019-20
|National conference with all provincial and territorial Heritage Fair coordinators.|
|Fall 2016||Promotion of Heritage Fairs and Young Citizens in schools and education conferences.|
|April/May, 2020||Heritage Fairs across Canada take place|
|May 6, 2020||Red River Heritage Fair|
|June , 2020||Deadline to participate Kayak Kids’ Illustrated History Challenge|
|June , 2020||Deadline to submit Young Citizen videos to Canada’s History|
|June , 2020||Online vote opens for Young Citizens|
|June , 2020||Final report Deadline for 2016-2017 Heritage Fairs and Young Citizens programs|
|July , 2020||Canada History Week|
|July , 2020||Online vote for Young Citizens closes|
|August, 2020||Young Citizens recipients are announced|
|November, 2020||Canada’s History Youth Forum in Ottawa|