Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Emily Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Search for the Northwest Passage

My project, “Search for the Northwest Passage”, examines the history and importance of the icy channels situated in Canada’s chilly Arctic. Explorers searched for the Northwest Passage for hundreds of years, because Europeans hoped to use it as a faster trading route to get to Asia. My video is highlights the HMS St. Roch, the first boat to travel through the Northwest Passage in just a season, which is now docked in my hometown, Vancouver, BC.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

After learning about the extensive search for the Northwest Passage, it surprised me that many explorers, from Christopher Columbus to Henry Larsen to Sir John Franklin, were brave enough to try their hand at locating the fabled passage even though many sailors, even the bravest and strongest, didn’t survive. I was impressed that these explorers were willing to set off on a voyage when they hardly knew which direction they should be sailing in.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I think my project really shows evidence of how much global warming is affecting the Earth. Many people probably don’t know how much ice is melting because of factors such as pollution. I hope Canadians will realize that greenhouse gases are severely affecting our Arctic and that we should be careful about the energy we use.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My research really opened my eyes to the fact that the world wasn’t always the way it is now, where we can fly a plane within hours to our destination instead of taking months to sail overseas. Today, you can just open an atlas to look at the world, whereas I learned that years ago much of the world was unknown outside of your own country. Many of the explorers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries only knew what their own country was like, compared to today, where people are exposed to cultures from all around the world.

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Comments from fellow Young Citizens!

Emelyne from ON says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: My favourite part of this video was that the project was very clear on the topic and that I learned many interesting thing and it wasn't just "stuff" that I learned it was important information. I also really liked how it was made like a news channel, I found that very neat.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: What I think was done very well in this video was that there was lots of interesting information and that there were lots of cool effects like the black and white colouring. Also that there were many neat pictures that gave a lot of information to. I think you also did very well speaking in the video the were not a lot of "umms" or any thing like that and if there were I didn't notice them.

What did you learn from the video?: Something I learned from this video was that the Northwest Passage was a route from Europe to Asia over water because they could not take the land route anymore and the water route around Africa was to long. Also that the HMS St.Roch was the first boat to travel the Northwest Passage in just a season.

Brennan from MB says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: I like how you actually went into a boat. I also like how you showed the pictures and I like how you made it into a news report and everything was very clear.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: I think that the video was done very well and the information was very good to. I liked how the video was very clear and straight forward.

What did you learn from the video?: I learned what the Northwest Passage actually was and why they started to use it. I also learned that this could be a dangerous journey and that it was really hard to find the passage.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: I think that it was a very good video and that it was very well done and I really enjoyed it.

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.