Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Luke North Vancouver, British Columbia

Fair address: Sea to Sky Regional Heritage Fair

Project: A Nation is Born: Canada's Victory at Vimy Ridge

My project is about the WWI battle of Vimy Ridge, which was fought and won by Canadians, and how that victory impacted Canada as a nation.

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

The most interesting thing that I learned about the battle of Vimy Ridge, is how Canada became a respected nation because of the victory. I researched many Canadian soldiers, who had important input into the strategic planned victory of Vimy Ridge. The sacrifice of Canadian soldiers in capturing Vimy Ridge was so important in WWI, that France gifted the land where the epic battle occurred, to Canada and built a beautiful memorial to commemorate the fallen soldiers.

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

Although WWI is celebrating it’s 100th year anniversary this August, Canadians, still feel the benefits of battles fought and won by the Canadian Soldiers. The world could be a completely different place if it were not for the Canadians who fought for our freedoms in WWI. The battle of Vimy Ridge was the first time that Canadians celebrated victory, and mourned their dead, together as a nation.

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

I am really lucky to live in Canada. In 1914, there were Canadian soldiers who were in their late teens that served Canada in the military. Some thought they were going to Europe for a short time to see the world. Many Canadian families suffered devastation when their loved ones did not return home after the war. Our community has never had to deal with massive tragedy and loss like in WWI.

  • Dylan Donald 2014 Young Citizen

    I enjoyed this video. It was really creative and I learned a lot more about Vimy Ridge. The start of the video really caught my attention. Good luck!

    — Dylan D – 2014 Young Citizen

    07/07/2014 3:13:43 PM

  • isaac banks young citizen 2014

    Awesome video. I liked how you use the first part like a journal

    — Isaac B – 2014 Young Citizen

    04/07/2014 7:29:51 AM

  • Theresa Casteels

    Great Job. I really liked that you gave a sense of the people so deeply affected by the war.
    27/06/2014 2:15:11 PM

  • Lisa Mulders

    Good job Luke
    18/06/2014 7:24:11 PM

  • Stevenson

    Well done, Luke! You worked hard and have made us proud!
    18/06/2014 7:13:26 PM

  • Derek Geens

    Great job, I really like the comic sans font.
    18/06/2014 12:37:05 PM

  • Derek G

    Fantastic work Luke - Congratulations and good luck.
    18/06/2014 7:52:21 AM

  • Don & Nancy Gauthier

    Well done Luke !!
    17/06/2014 6:56:02 PM

  • samantha williams

    A lot of info and pictures. Great music, good job!

    — Samantha W – 2014 Young Citizen

    15/06/2014 12:06:22 PM

  • Mandy Martin

    Well done!
    15/06/2014 10:11:32 AM

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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.