Winnipeg General Strike Essay Contest

One hundred years ago, the world watched while 30 000 people in Winnipeg walked off the job and demanded a living wage, the right to organize, and an eight-hour day.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, Manitoba students in grades 11 and 12 are invited to participate in an essay contest, presented by the Seven Oaks School Division, the University of Manitoba Department of History and Canada’s History Society. 

Essay Question

What lessons can Canadians take from the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919?

Judging Criteria

Writers should use the Six Historical Thinking Skills to help guide their inquiry. Judges will be looking for the use of at least two specific skills. Essays should be clear and concise with a thesis statement and sound logic throughout.

Due Date

Essays are due on Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 4:00 pm CST. Applications must be submitted using the online form below. 


The contest is open to all Manitoba high school students who are registered in grade 11 or 12 at the time of the contest deadline.

Contest Rules

Essays must consist of original work by the student. Students may consult other sources, but any references to another author’s work must be credited with full citations and footnoted.

Essays should be 1000 words in length, not including references, and should be formatted in Chicago Style.

Pages of the essay must be numbered.

Each student may submit only one entry.

Essays which are not on topic, which fail to answer the essay question or which violate the above stated contest rules will not be considered.

Participants will upload their essays (as a Word or PDF file) through an online form. Files should be named lastname_firstname


Four winners will receive a prize of $150 each, book prizes from Canada’s History and the University of Manitoba Department of History, and have their essay published on the Canada’s History’s website.

Application Form

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