Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Nicolas Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Vancouver Heritage Fair

Project: Sir Samuel Steele

My project looks at Sam Steele, a leader in the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) who had control over the NWMP in the Yukon during the gold rush. I examine his life during this period and the hardships.

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

I had heard of Sam Steele, but wasn't aware of the important role he played in Canada's history. Steele is my uncle 7 generations removed.

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

There were interesting and important events in the history of Canada. Key people like Steele shaped Canada as a country.

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

We live in a comfortable urban environment. The early settlers like Steele had long distances to travel, often by horse, and were separated from their families.

 

Comments from fellow Young Citizens!

Kayla from NWT says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: My favourite part of Nicolas's video was how he added photos so I could follow along. The photos also made the video very interesting.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: I think Nicolas did a great job of telling how Steele protected the native people in the gold rush area.

What did you learn from the video?: I didn't know who Samuel Steele was, so this video taught me about the important role he played in the gold rush.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: I think your personal connection to Samuel Steele is really cool!

Michaela from MB says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: The pictures combined with Nicolas' voice really helped me follow along and get into the story he was telling.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: Nicolas shared his project really well. His voice kept me captivated and made me want to know more about his project topic.

What did you learn from the video?: I had never heard of Sam Steele before, but learning about his story and journeys was very inspiring.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: It's so cool that you're related to Sam Steele! Also, great camera set-up!

Lauren from NS says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: One of my favourite parts of the video is when Nicolas uses pictures of Dawson City. There are lots of buildings and signs that tell their own story like how you could buy waffles and coffee for only 25 cents.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: Nicolas found pictures that went really well with his story. I could always look for and find more details in his pictures.

What did you learn from the video?: I learned that Sir Samuel Steele was sent to protect the First Nations people during the Klondike Gold Rush and to control the miners. I also learned that he was not just concerned about the law but he helped improve health care, sanitation and postal services.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: It is cool how he is your Uncle seven times removed.

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.