The Young Citizens program focuses on citizenship and is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs, an annual event where students present the results of their research on Canadian heroes, legends and key events in Canadian history. Participants in the Young Citizens program make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. The student videos are posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Youth Forum.

Watch a clip about Young Citizens from CBC's The National:

2016 Young Citizens

200 students between the ages of 10 and 16 years old from all provinces and territories will participate in Young Citizens. Their videos will be posted online in June so that all Canadians can see their hard work.

A public vote will open on June 1, 2016 and families, teachers, schools, and communities are encouraged to view submissions, comment on the work of the Young Citizens, and submit their vote. Students will be promoting their work in communities all over Canada, leading up to and during Canada History Week. The online vote will close at midnight (Eastern Time) on July 22, 2016. The result of the popular vote will make up 50% of a student's final score.

Following the vote, a panel of judges will review the videos and select two students per province and territory as the final recipients. These 26 students will receive a trip to Ottawa in the fall, where they will attend the Canada's History Youth Forum

We invite you to meet our Young Citizens, watch their videos, comment on their amazing work, and cast your vote! Go to Find a Young Citizen and discover the stories of Canada's past.

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.