Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Helena Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: The Dark Legacy

My video is on the Canadian Residential school system. I focused on the impacts of the schools. Something I found shocking was that before I did this project I had no idea that this had even happened.

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

The most interesting thing I have learned is how long-lasting the impacts of residential schools have been, because aside from ruining the childhood of the people who attended them, residential schools affected generations of Aboriginal people.

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

I've learned the impacts of residential schools and how terrible they were. I've learned how many people were involved in residential schools and that many Canadians were oblivious to the negative effects of residential schools.

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

The lives of former residential school students were and are heavily impacted for the worse. My education is much better than the education they received and they were taken away from their parents at a young age whilst I can rely on my parents to care for me.

 

Comments from fellow Young Citizens!

Emily from BC says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: I really loved the clip at the beginning, on the swing set. It was very compelling, and make me really want to watch the rest of your video. Great idea! Also, interviewing the residential school survivor was a nice touch to the video. Her story was really touching and made the problem of residential schools feel more real.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: I could really tell how much thought and effort you put in to planning your video; it seemed like you had a real passion for learning more about residential schools in order to spread more awareness about them. You also had a great balance between pictures, videos of you talking, and videos of the interviewee talking.

What did you learn from the video?: I was actually going to do my video on residential schools too, until the Vancouver coordinator told me that you had already picked that topic. For that reason, I already know a bit about the schools. What I didn't know, though, was the sheer amount of children who died.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: Have you heard about Project of Heart? Our school is participating in it, and each student gets to decorate one wooden tile with a message for the Aboriginal residential school survivors. If you haven't heard about it, here is a link to learn more: http://poh.jungle.ca

Gabe from NS says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: In this video I really appreciate all the pictures she had. I know I had a difficult time with pictures but she did very well.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: This video really had me captivated and I learned something the whole way through. I think she did a great job.

What did you learn from the video?: I learned that the parents couldn't even visit, leaving the children on their own. I never knew that residential schools caused such a separation between the family.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: You did a really good job. I thought the start up was really cool

Erin from MB says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: I liked the very vivid photos she had.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: I liked her pictures and information.

What did you learn from the video?: That there were cemeteries built next to the schools.

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.